The recordings from the White House Situation Room include Reagan trying to convince an intractable Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to hold off the pullout of Israeli troops from Lebanon in 1983 until Lebanese forces can replace them; the president discussing the release of Western hostages in the Middle East with Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, and a talk with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, the father of Syria’s current dictator and the original “Butcher of Damascus”— whom he kept waiting for over 13 minutes while he finished up a horseback ride at his California ranch.
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Debt Ceiling Deal: The Devil Is In The Details
A must read for those on the left who complain about the debt ceiling deal without understanding what was passed, as well as those, like me, who are in the middle, who are happy that at least some progress was made. You might be surprised at how much was gained.
It’s also a fascinating dive into the strategy involved in real-world politics.