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By DAN BERGER | January 20, 1994
Prosecutor Walsh has rescued Reagan's reputation, suggesting he wasn't as out-to-lunch as pretended.Bobby Ray Inman learned from back-channel sources that the Senate minority leader is partisan and the New York Times's designated right-wing columnist has opinions.Supply side economics is alive and well in the New Jersey state house.
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August 15, 1998
NOTHING will compensate for the 12 U.S. citizens, serving their country far from home, who died in the terrorist bombings in East Africa. The nation and its citizens are forever in their debt.The nation's sympathy also goes to the citizens of Kenya and Tanzania. The targets may have been U.S. embassies, but the effect was war on Kenya, where nearly 250 died in Nairobi and some 5,000 were wounded. The casualties were fewer in Dar es Salaam, but Tanzania, an even poorer country, was equally attacked.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | January 24, 1994
BOBBY RAY INMAN said that he was the victim of "modern McCarthyism."Before that David Gergen said Washington had descended to "cannibalism."Before that Vincent Foster said, "here ruining people is considered sport."They were all talking about the press, but the fact is, as a general rule it is not the press that ruins people and eats adversaries.Now, I'm not going to defend what William Safire wrote about Bobby Ray Inman. Some of it was pretty low.I'm not going to defend the Wall Street Journal editorials about Vincent Foster.
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By EUGENE MCCARTHY | February 13, 1994
December 16, in his statement announcing the termination of Les Aspin's service as secretary of defense, President Clinton reintroduced a version of ''How do you sleep?'' as a standard for judging public officials.The president said that, as a result of Secretary Aspin's service, ''when our citizens go to bed tonight, we can do so secure in the knowledge that our nation is building the right forces and acquiring the right capabilities for the new era.''I felt no insecurity on going to bed over whether we had the right capabilities for the new era, either before or during Mr. Aspin's secretariat-ship.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | January 21, 1994
Boston -- Let me see if I have this right. Bill Safire, Tony Lewis and I were part of a cabal who set out to ruin Bobby Ray Inman's daughter's wedding.No, no, no. That isn't it.We're part and parcel of the ''New McCarthyism.'' A bunch of columnist hitmen, or hitpersons. Character assassins run amok.There we go. Now I've got it.Bobby Ray Inman's withdrawal of his name from nomination as secretary of defense may well go down as one of the stranger hours in recent political history. It was matched only -- like a perfect bookend -- by his appearance in the Rose Garden last month when he told the world that he'd voted for George Bush and had to reach a ''comfort level'' with President Clinton as commander in chief.
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By William Safire | January 21, 1994
WHY did Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, sailing toward easy Senate confirmation as secretary of defense, suddenly flinch and withdraw his name?We do not yet know, but I suspect it was not for the reason given in the therapy session that was his departing news conference.Is one good pop by a columnist, along with anticipated light flak about nanny-tax problems, enough to drive a smooth Washington operator out of a cabinet post? (If he had been confirmed, and North Korea said "Boo!" would the Pentagon have sued for terms?
NEWS
August 15, 1998
NOTHING will compensate for the 12 U.S. citizens, serving their country far from home, who died in the terrorist bombings in East Africa. The nation and its citizens are forever in their debt.The nation's sympathy also goes to the citizens of Kenya and Tanzania. The targets may have been U.S. embassies, but the effect was war on Kenya, where nearly 250 died in Nairobi and some 5,000 were wounded. The casualties were fewer in Dar es Salaam, but Tanzania, an even poorer country, was equally attacked.
NEWS
January 20, 1994
The nation can consider itself fortunate that retired Adm. Bobby Ray Inman will not be the next secretary of defense. While we welcomed his nomination in these columns and mistakenly described him as "cool and orderly," his bizarre withdrawal from consideration revealed he is anything but.His suspicions that Republican Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole and New York Times columnist William Safire conspired against him bordered on the paranoid. His attack on a "new McCarthyism" in the press clashed with the favorable treatment given his selection in the media and his own years as a trusted and trusting inside source on security matters.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | December 24, 1993
Boston -- Ireally thought we had closed this Nannygate and frankly, I hate to reopen the discussion just to let one of the boys through. You know how women are these days. We're so sensitive. Call us sweetie and we call it harassment. Treat Zoe Baird and Bob Inman differently and we're going to notice.Almost a year ago, Ms. Baird became the first mother of a preschool child nominated to the Cabinet. Soon, the airwaves were filled with talk of her illegal nanny and unpaid Social Security.I was among a small minority of people who regarded her offense as minor, rather like smoking without inhaling.
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By FRANK STARR | January 30, 1994
Wait, wait!Yes, Bobby Ray Inman's recent press conference in Austin was bizarre. Yes, he did seem excessively suspicious of his critics' motives, even paranoid. Yes, as Bob Dole suggested, former Admiral Inman should not be secretary of defense if he has such fantasies.And certainly, if he cannot take the heat of press scrutiny he should stay out of the kitchen of public service.Moreover, the president has found a new, if again reluctant, candidate for the job in William J. Perry, and Admiral Inman can return to relative anonymity secure in the knowledge, as he said, that "no future president will ask me to take a Cabinet job."
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By FRANK STARR | January 30, 1994
Wait, wait!Yes, Bobby Ray Inman's recent press conference in Austin was bizarre. Yes, he did seem excessively suspicious of his critics' motives, even paranoid. Yes, as Bob Dole suggested, former Admiral Inman should not be secretary of defense if he has such fantasies.And certainly, if he cannot take the heat of press scrutiny he should stay out of the kitchen of public service.Moreover, the president has found a new, if again reluctant, candidate for the job in William J. Perry, and Admiral Inman can return to relative anonymity secure in the knowledge, as he said, that "no future president will ask me to take a Cabinet job."
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | January 24, 1994
BOBBY RAY INMAN said that he was the victim of "modern McCarthyism."Before that David Gergen said Washington had descended to "cannibalism."Before that Vincent Foster said, "here ruining people is considered sport."They were all talking about the press, but the fact is, as a general rule it is not the press that ruins people and eats adversaries.Now, I'm not going to defend what William Safire wrote about Bobby Ray Inman. Some of it was pretty low.I'm not going to defend the Wall Street Journal editorials about Vincent Foster.
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | January 21, 1994
Boston -- Let me see if I have this right. Bill Safire, Tony Lewis and I were part of a cabal who set out to ruin Bobby Ray Inman's daughter's wedding.No, no, no. That isn't it.We're part and parcel of the ''New McCarthyism.'' A bunch of columnist hitmen, or hitpersons. Character assassins run amok.There we go. Now I've got it.Bobby Ray Inman's withdrawal of his name from nomination as secretary of defense may well go down as one of the stranger hours in recent political history. It was matched only -- like a perfect bookend -- by his appearance in the Rose Garden last month when he told the world that he'd voted for George Bush and had to reach a ''comfort level'' with President Clinton as commander in chief.
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By William Safire | January 21, 1994
WHY did Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, sailing toward easy Senate confirmation as secretary of defense, suddenly flinch and withdraw his name?We do not yet know, but I suspect it was not for the reason given in the therapy session that was his departing news conference.Is one good pop by a columnist, along with anticipated light flak about nanny-tax problems, enough to drive a smooth Washington operator out of a cabinet post? (If he had been confirmed, and North Korea said "Boo!" would the Pentagon have sued for terms?
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By ROGER SIMON | January 21, 1994
Cross me and I will destroy you.Mess with me and I will crush you like a grape.I am the most powerful force on earth:I am Syndicated Columnist Man!Tremble even to look upon my little picture!Who says I am so powerful?Bobby Ray Inman, the admiral who is permanently at sea.Inman was Bill Clinton's choice for secretary of defense. He was popular, had generally excellent press, and was sure to be confirmed by the Senate.But he withdrew his name this week because three syndicated newspaper columnists wrote bad things about him."
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By DAN BERGER | January 20, 1994
Prosecutor Walsh has rescued Reagan's reputation, suggesting he wasn't as out-to-lunch as pretended.Bobby Ray Inman learned from back-channel sources that the Senate minority leader is partisan and the New York Times's designated right-wing columnist has opinions.Supply side economics is alive and well in the New Jersey state house.
NEWS
By EUGENE MCCARTHY | February 13, 1994
December 16, in his statement announcing the termination of Les Aspin's service as secretary of defense, President Clinton reintroduced a version of ''How do you sleep?'' as a standard for judging public officials.The president said that, as a result of Secretary Aspin's service, ''when our citizens go to bed tonight, we can do so secure in the knowledge that our nation is building the right forces and acquiring the right capabilities for the new era.''I felt no insecurity on going to bed over whether we had the right capabilities for the new era, either before or during Mr. Aspin's secretariat-ship.
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By ROGER SIMON | January 21, 1994
Cross me and I will destroy you.Mess with me and I will crush you like a grape.I am the most powerful force on earth:I am Syndicated Columnist Man!Tremble even to look upon my little picture!Who says I am so powerful?Bobby Ray Inman, the admiral who is permanently at sea.Inman was Bill Clinton's choice for secretary of defense. He was popular, had generally excellent press, and was sure to be confirmed by the Senate.But he withdrew his name this week because three syndicated newspaper columnists wrote bad things about him."
NEWS
January 20, 1994
The nation can consider itself fortunate that retired Adm. Bobby Ray Inman will not be the next secretary of defense. While we welcomed his nomination in these columns and mistakenly described him as "cool and orderly," his bizarre withdrawal from consideration revealed he is anything but.His suspicions that Republican Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole and New York Times columnist William Safire conspired against him bordered on the paranoid. His attack on a "new McCarthyism" in the press clashed with the favorable treatment given his selection in the media and his own years as a trusted and trusting inside source on security matters.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau Staff writers Charles W. Corddry and Richard H. P. Sia contributed to this article | January 19, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Forcing the White House to renew its search for a new defense secretary, retired Adm. Bobby Ray Inman publicly withdrew his nomination yesterday at an extraordinary news conference in which he accused a columnist and Senate Republicans of plotting against him.In a rambling, often contradictory statement in Austin, Texas, the former deputy CIA director complained of a climate of "modern McCarthyism" and said that he was withdrawing his name...
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