The Presidency: The Test of True Leadership

Public opinion polls on what to do next in Lebanon or Grenada are fantasies, arising from sudden emotions of shock, grief or relief. The scholars and experts search for faults, contradicting the Government and one another in hasty judgments. The Congress is 535 shattered pieces of political authority, most of whom are frightened and bewildered, reverting to the safe ground of doubt and complaint. The presidential candidates scrutinize and wait, ready to pounce. White House aides bicker among themselves, tempers superheated, judgment clouded by fatigue. Leaks and counterleaks fill the air. The choices for action in both places are not...

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