No Longer Underestimated: George Shultz

George Shultz, ever stolid, continues to confound his critics

One is a plodding bureaucrat whose soft drone is regularly drowned out by the assertive tones of his rivals. Another is a different kind of Milquetoast, one who talks tough but is steering American policy away from stern anti-Sovietism back toward wishy-washy detente. A third is no Milquetoast at all, but a policymaker who has so thoroughly won the trust of his chief that he speaks with an authority exceeded only by that of President Reagan.

All three are the same person, George Shultz, as seen at various times by different people. But the first view, fashionable for a long time...

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