Credible presidential power
For newly elected US presidents, temptation to talk tough has deadly consequences
Newly elected presidents can be dangerous. Untested and inexperienced, they can act in the name of national security to soothe a personal insecurity. Appearing tough, they think, can make them tough. A case in point goes back 50 years ago — the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which rescued a president from just this dilemma. Similar dangers exist today.