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They were the G-Men dukes who dared to aspire to the throne of a bureaucratic king no President dared displace. As Hoover aged, as successive Presidents grew itchier to make the FBI dance to the White House tune, the Bureau itself—and its two “most likely to succeed" men-in-waiting, Deke DeLoach and Bill Sullivan—grew deeply enmeshed in intrigue. Some of it had to do with “domestic security.”Some of it had to do with presidential politics. Some of it had to do with the internal struggle to succeed Hoover. And in the end, inevitably, some of it had to do with Watergate, and its aftermath.
“The children are not, for some reasonmay God please tell them what it isin good shape.”So wrote Midge Decter, essayist, book and magazine editor, “enlightened middle-class liberal,” and mother of three, in the February Atlantic. Her essay considered the ways these children (the generation that has just reached adulthood) fall short of their parents’ expectations, and argued that parental indulgence, naïveté, caprice, and moral insensitivity have contributed to the malaise. Herewith a sample of responses to Ms. Decter’s “open letter.”
Everyone is in favor of clean water, and many of our streams and rivers are being cleaned up. But there’s a catch: sludge.