WASHINGTON — William Casey was my lawyer. One day, I came into my office and found a large man sitting on my desk. I greeted him amiably, and he greeted me amiably. Yet he was still siting on my desk. At some point in our meeting, we settled into a more conventional seating arrangement, and Bill began to tell me about the world as he analyzed it at the time, the late 1970s. I then made two decisions. If Bill agreed to be my lawyer, I could take on anyone. What is more, he knew prodigious amounts about the world. He had brought charts and maps. He would be my foreign policy adviser.
I have been thinking about Bill quite a lot recently. He went on to become President Ronald Reagan’s head of the CIA. He proved to be an even finer spook than he was a lawyer. After all, he got his start in the World War II Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the CIA’s predecessor. By the mid-1980s he was traveling all over the globe, and the Democrats were abominating him. Yet he did help his pal Ron win the Cold War, and peacefully. Democrats such as then-House …
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