THE PRESIDENCY: Gulliver Is Up and Around

Without power there is no policy. American survival and good works have been and are rooted in that principle, which is occasionally ignored but never escaped. The debate in Washington now centers on power—principally military power, but also the power that is real, contrived or imagined in the presidential process.

Jimmy Carter, who only a few months ago was acting the Gulliver bound by the Lilliputians from Congress, has in the past few weeks impressed the world with a few nods, a spoken O.K. or two and some marginal notes scribbled on...

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