October 6, 1986 |
The concert by pianist Vladimir Horowitz at the White House East Room went off without a hitch, but when President Reagan took the stage, something awful nearly happened. First Lady Nancy Reagan's chair tumbled into a flower box, and she fell from the stage to the floor after she apparently nudged the chair too close to the edge of the stage while smoothing her skirt. After a loud chorus of groans and ooohs from the gathering, the First Lady stood up and said: "I'm all right."
December 9, 1987 |
The Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday named Richard F. Stolz, a veteran undercover agent who had retired in 1981, to take over next month as deputy director for operations, the senior CIA official in charge of clandestine intelligence activities abroad. Stolz, long a friend of CIA Director William H. Webster, will succeed Clair E. George, who announced Nov. 25 that he would retire at the end of the year.
February 24, 1985 |
The Brinkerhoff Cabin would make an ideal tourist attraction--it is located in the middle of Grand Teton National Park and has a panoramic view of the Teton Range and Jackson Lake. But you won't find it listed in any travel brochure. It is off limits to all but presidents and dignitaries, who retreat there to unwind and think. The rustic, four-bedroom cabin, nestled among pines on a hill, is one of five such retreats managed by the National Park Service.
November 1, 2002 |
In responding to North Korea's confession of nuclear perfidy, we are missing the bigger picture. The issue is not whether North Korea or Iraq is the greater threat to us today. It is that we have every reason to believe both countries are striving to acquire nuclear weapons. Both should be stopped cold, not just for what they might do with such weapons but for the precedent it would set for other would-be proliferators.
January 9, 1988 |
Newspaper columnist Jack Anderson hunkered down over the podium, enumerating the dangers of the world and bringing his audience to the very edge of Armageddon. Then, like a spellbinding evangelist who gives a picture of hell and a glimpse of heaven, he told them how it could all be avoided. The audience rose to its feet in applause. It was, of course, a good speech. But to this audience it was also a free sample. "In some ways, Jack Anderson is a throwback to the inspirational speaker.
September 17, 2004
Ever since the CIA's bungled coups and assassination plots were exposed by Congress in the early 1970s, critics have seized on each fresh intelligence failure to demand radical reform. But only two Central Intelligence Agency directors -- James R. Schlesinger from 1973 to 1975 and Stansfield Turner from 1977 to 1981 -- really tried to shake up the agency by trimming its ranks and improving analysis. Without continuity, their attempts withered. The most recent director, George J.
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September 30, 1991 |
My hope all along has been that the Senate, in a moment of confusion, would do the right thing and confirm Clarence Thomas as Director of Central Intelligence, putting Robert Gates on the Supreme Court. The CIA would be an ideal harbor for a man of eccentric ideology such as Thomas; Gates would blend in on the highest bench somewhere between Anthony M. Kennedy and Antonin Scalia, with his clerks instructing him in elementary principles of law. Thomas drives a late-model Corvette.
June 27, 1997 |
In one of the first significant organized efforts by opponents of NATO enlargement, 46 former U.S. foreign affairs luminaries released a letter Thursday to President Clinton calling the expansion plan "a policy error of historic proportions." The letter urges Clinton to halt the process and pursue alternative measures to ensure peace and stability for Central and Eastern Europe. The signatories include former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.
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December 18, 1997 |
Time magazine a year ago ran a big story, flagged on its cover as "Israel Prepares for War," about fears of a Syrian attack on the Golan Heights. The supposed crisis began in August 1996, when Syria's leader Hafez Assad moved his 14th Division from Beirut to the border. There's no doubt that the Syrian army division was moved forward. Far more questionable was the view of the Israeli high command that an attack might be imminent.
October 17, 1991 |
William P. Barr, President Bush's nominee to become attorney general, was encouraged by his Depression-era mother to attend night law school while working at the CIA because she thought it would enhance his job security. Barr decided to heed his mother's advice, figuring a law degree would put "another arrow in his quiver" that might help him advance at the intelligence agency, his first love.