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V s *'v^T? 1 ->' •; David S. Broder The Salt Luke Trttmne, Tuesday, March 18, 1975 17 It's Tough Choice: 'An Honest Boob — Or Competent Scoundrel?' "Washington Post Service WASHINGTON - J. Fred Buihardt, whose „ experience as a member of Richard M. Nixon's Watergate legal defense team- equipped him ad- . mirabiy for .;the. role of 'a moral tutor> to American x' society, last week fay bred John Buchan of The Charlotte Ob* server with a fas-' cinating lecture on the naivete of . the American people. Mr. Broder From the comfort of his law practice in ' The exact question before the country, as stated in barrister Buzhardt's own elegant words, is: "Would you 1 rather have a competent scoundrel or an honest boob in office?" And, lest anyone b«via doubt about* -the,right answer, Buzhardt said:',,'•'You ^canxmake a strong argument that for a . I»resideht hi this day and time you don't want" a babe in the woods. He's got to /deal with some pretty rough and tumble • : Quick to Add As a loyal Republican, Buzhardt was quick to. add that he was not referring to Gerald Ford as the "honest boob", or the /'babe in the' woods." But it is hard to HUton Head, S.C., Mr.' Burtiardt,* -a 1 * ^suppose that his comments wore * % veteran oi Captol Hill, the Pentagon.'and' the White House, cautioned, as' 1 ' Mr. : Buchan put it, "against expecting < public officials to deal effectively. witlv the nation's problems if restricted to a'ri \ inflexible moral code." aimed ;in some way at the, current Washington situation, where the question of power is once again occupying a good many people's minds. While few in this political community would embrace the Buzhardt formula, which is. rather bald, the fact of the matter is that there are : many here who hanker for the strong-arm leadership of yesteryear. ';'.' "The/trouble today,' 1 one veteran Capitol Hill Democratic aide remarked, "is that there's^-nobody around who intimidatec anybody." Blocks Away , Mr, Ford's' grip on' his administration tind his party is so light that an opposition parly senator can veto the President's choice of the special trade .representative, and the former governor of California can address a major Republican-organizational rally, only 'blocks^fro.rn the White House, without ever mentioning the President's, name. But'Mr. Ford is positively.puissant in his. area'of responsibility when com' pared to 'the Democratic leaders of Congress, Carl Albert and Mike Mansfield. Their role seems.limited to feeble protest of the filibustering, tax- finagling, time-consuming tendencies of their headstrong charges. If Leo Durocher's maxim that "nice guys finish last" is true in politics, then Congress and the White House are doomed to finish in a last-place tie; nobody in this town knows three "nicer guys" than Messrs. Ford, Mansfield and Albert. None of them is what Buzhardt would call "rough and tumble people-.". It's true there's & very limited supply of nostalgia in Washington for the "good old days" of the Nixon administration, in which Buzhardt was so comfortable a fixture. But one hears frequent invocations of the memory of Lyndon Johnson, and particularly his arm-twisting management of Senate affairs. f "Can you imagine what Lyndon would have done with this situation?" asked one old Senate hand. "He would have filled this vaccum Ford's left, even if he'd had to have Bobby Baker lock every liquor cabinet on Capitol Hill. He'd have that Senate working its tail off." Crave Ideal Perhaps the yearning for some Big Daddy who will "take core of us" is irrepressible in humans when times get . rough. Paul Newman, a Republican compaign consultant {and not the actor), said last week that what the voters crave is that old Platonic ideal, the philosopher-king — the good man who does well. But it's a very short step from a philosopher-king to a benevolent despot. And, as Buzhardt's experience reminds us, the despot can soon become not quite GO benevolent. One senses a climax is approaching for American politics. We are in a period of institutional weakness, with the presidency under a cloud, the House in egalitarian upheaval, the Senate stultified, and the political party system, especially its presidential nominating procedures, in shambles. ' Nice guys but weak leaders occupy the crucial, visible places of power in the national government. 'Again And Again' k Unless they have better luck in overcoming the serious problems in the domestic and international econoiny than seems predictable, the J. Fred' Buzhardts of America will be heard' from again aii<i again — with increasing • force. in:-.-. "We want the.results, but we often; don't want to know about or accept tho, price that has to be paid," Buzhardt said. He was speaking o( the Ellsberg break-in — and arguing that most Americans would gladly have; condoned that police state tactic if it had only ( succeeded in putting "that joker," as he called him, in jail. A police state President is very likely what we'll get unless this national leadership crisis can be overcome. "You're not looking well!" James Reston As the World Bums, Snarls Tie CIA It's Time to Put Grip on Crusty Pie Throwers By Bob Greene Chicago Sun-Times Writer CHICAGO — Call me a knee-jerk liberal if you will. Call me a bleeding heart. But I have watched, with sadness and growing alarm, a violent trend that has been developing in this city for the past few days, and it is time to speak out. The time is overdue for a strong pie-control law in this country. . The fad started innocently enough. Make Royko of the Chicago Daily News, intrigued by reports of pie violence on the West Coast, took out a hit contract on a local television weatherman. Two young mercenaries accosted the weatherman on the street and smacked him in the face with a cream pie. Then, the next day, my Chicago Sun-Times colleague Paul Galloway took out a contract on Craig Klugman, the newspaper's city editor, who also got a pie in the face. Both incidents were well- publicized in the papers and on television and radio. Now there is every indication that the idea of pie hit-men \vill soon spread out of control. Powerful Pie Dup«s Royko and Galloway are not evil men. They are not bad men. But, perhaps unwittingly, they have become dupes of the powerful pie lobby, the Washington-based, National Pie Assn. You know the group. In spite of the fact that the majority of Americans arc opposed to the indiscriminate use of pies, the National Pie Assn., through its clout and lobbying methods, has insured that there has never been meaningful pie control legislation in the United States. You've seen the bumper stickers distributed by this reactionary group: Dr. T. R. Van Dellen "Register Communists, not pies." and "When pies arc outlawed, oiily outlaws will have pies." . The pie proponents are clever men. When you try to.argue with them about the many dangers of pies, they are quick to respond, "pies don't hit people. People hit people." And if you press the issue and continue to argue, they scurry and hide behind the constitution as they quote from the second amendment and tell you that "the right of the poeple to keep and bear pies shall not be infringed." But the framers of the Constitution could not have foreseen the madness . that now reigus on our streets. Certainly they had in mind large, expensive pies in the hands of a trained militia. They could not have wanted to furnish protection for the small, cheap, easily obtainable handpies — the so-called 11 Saturday night pies." The founding fathers could not have envisioned the day when any punk could go into a pawn shop and choose from a ready selection of used pies — or, for that matter, when any lunatic b^nt on making a name for himself could secure an inexpensive mail-order pie. Teach Me to Throw I was not always antipie. Growing up in Ohio, I remember how my daddy always kept a pie in the front hall closet, just in case. He would take me out in the field and teach me how to throw pies at trees and varmints. At summer camp, I can remember going down to the pie range for target instruction. And I remember how impressed I was the first time I saw the movie "Shane," and watched Alan Ladd gently tell young Brandon De Wilde, "A pie is like any Retired? Better Remain Active In response to my recent column, "Retirement: Blessing or Ciu-se?" M.J.M. writes: "Retirement is something that requires prior thought and is more than the end of the eternal strife of working for a b'ving. I retired Jan. 1, 1965, and have only one answer to .the often-heard, idiotic question: 'Now that you are retired, what do you do'with your time?' "Since my retirement, I have been so busy that f wonder how I ever ; had the time during my lifetime,to earn a living. The idea .that retirement gives one more time for his hobbies should be given serious thought. V Gets Monotonous "In the first place, a part-time diversion, making something and calling it a hobby, is one thing, but. doing the same thing day after day gets Dr. Van Dellcn mighty monotonous and finally winds up being dropped. "In the second, I don't have all that much spare time. We have a two-acre plot.of land where we live and have plenty to do to keep it presentable: the grass to cut, flower beds to maintain and a large vegetable garden to cultivate. "Besides, we have some snowy winters with driveways that need plowing. Occasionally, rny wife and I pack up the car and take a trip for a change of pace. Find Program "Many industries have programs to instruct a future retiree on what to expect. I suggest that all working people who are nearly 65 find such a program." - This man obviously is enjoying his retirement. He made an important point: Never rely on one hobby because it can get to be a bore. The best way to enjoy one's retirement is to remain active doing a variety of things. other tool, son. Whether it is used for good or evil depends on the man behind the pie." And I recall just as strongly the day I resolved I would hate pies forever. I was 13 years old, full of spunk, and I took a few pies out Into the back yard. There were some red robins on a telephone wire, and I began to throw the pies at them. I never thought that I might actually hit one. And when I did, and , when I saw that robin lying on the ground covered with goo, I shed a tear and swore that never again would I pick up a pie. In the years since, sometimes I have felt like a voice in the wilderness. I don't know why it is that this country seems to love pies so. There is the glorification in our movies and television shows — "Have Pie, Will Travel!" In the years since, sometimes I have felt like a'voice in the wilderness. I don't know why it is that this country seems to love pies so. There is glorification in our movies and television shows — "Have Pie, Will Travel," and "The Pies of Nayarone," and "Piesmoke," and James Bond's "The Man with the Golden Pie." The list goes on and om Go down to any newsstand, and there are magazines for pie enthusiasts, magazines like "Pie World" and "Pie Digest," filled with advertisements for crusts and fillings. When a serious novelist publishes an eloquent antiviol- encc work, such as "Johnny Got His Pie," it is ignored by. the masses. The '60s was the turning point for pie use. Scruffy, bearded radicals went around spouting that "revolution comes at the barrel of a pie." It soon became literally as easy to buy a pie as a bottle of milk. And now any kid who can't find someone to sell him a pie can scrounge up some flour and a few blueberries and make his own zip-pie. Some women have become so frightened of ail the pies on the street that they have begun to carry cupcakes in their purses. Things Seem Hopeless , Today, with the pie hit-men fad growing so rapidly, things seem hopeless. Several solutions have been offered — in Baltimore, the police are offering up to $20 for every pie turned in by a citizen, no questions asked — but realistically, there is cause only for pessimism. Sometimes cliches offer the only truths. Make Love, not Pies. What if they gave a pie and nobody came? Pies are unhealthy for childre'n and other Jiving things. Wake up, America, before it's too late. in i New York Times Service WASHINGTON — The main hope for the survival of an effective Central Intelligence Agency in the United States now lies in a clean sweep of its present leadership and the creation of a powerful new joint committee of the Congress to oversee its future activities. The first rule of the spy business is that spies are expendable. If they embarrass the government, they are disowned. It .is a hard, sometimes unfair, but often necessary rule. There is no reason why it should be applied only tp the spies and not to the men who give thorn their orders. Mr. Rest** The CIA has not failed, but it has been caught fiddling with the liberties of private citizens and has been an embarrassment to the government. The best way to aggravate the embarrassment now and weaken the CIA even more, is to prolong the current investigations, retain the present leaders, and publicize all the crimes of the past. Essential But Illegal Foreign espionage is an essential but illegal activity, not to be confused with the political espionage and sabotage of the Watergate scandals. It is a form of undercover war, and the Communists are waging it with a vengeance now in Portugal, while the CIA is virtually helpless in its present conditions .to prevent the subversion of the strategically important country. President Ford has handled the problem as if it were a common case of government corruption. He has all the evidence he needs to change the leadership of the CIA which has been less than candid, and overhaul the whole sprawling intelligence apparatus of the government, and he is now in favor of a strong joint committee of Congress to supervise all intelligence activities, but he has not yet acted, and for mysterious reason, William E. Colby, the head of the CIA, has not had the grace to resign. Ford, when he was in Congress, was a member of the committee that was supposed to oversee the CIA, and was startled to discover, when he became President, that the agency had partici- One good point in favor of a third party is that the Republicans and Democrats have the elephant and the donkey, neither of which are particularly appealing mascots. The man at the next desk says he can understand why people don't like generations which are older or younger. "The only thing," he says, "is that I never cared much for my own generation." pated in espionage at home and in plots to assassinate political leaders abroad. Now he says he never suspected this sort of thing was going on and would not have approved if he had. Easy to Say It is easy to say that now. But during the savage conflicts of the early Cold War period, it was not so easy. The internal struggles for political control in key strategic countries such as West Germany, Italy, the Middle East, and even in Cuba often depended on providing 1 money for guns, newspaper presses, clandestine radio stations, propaganda periodicals and many other things which were essential to the struggle, but could not be disclosed to the general public without disclosing them to our adversaries and threatening the sources and even the lives of our agents. All this is coming out now: the efforts out of Washington to overturn the governments of Diem in Saigon, Allende in Santiago, Castro in Cuba, and even the involvement of the CIA in Watergate and other scandals, including opening the mail of members of Congress. The President says this sort of thing has now been stopped, but the underground war goes on, not only in Portugal, but all over the world. Moscow has been comparatively quiet about the economic disarray hi Western Europe, but it has been particularly active within the Communist apparatus in Spain, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia and the Middle East. It was the fear of exposing the covert' , operations of the CIA that led Ford 'tb'° appoints "safe" committee under Vice''! President Rockefeller to investigate tho-: domestic activities of the agency, but this had so little credibility in the . country and the Congress, that both thf 1 House and the Senate are now launching investigations of the whole U.S. LntelhXl gcnce community on their own. v,Kh- In the confusion, there have .... been cries to abolish the CIA, whichit makes racy reading but no sense. The agency needs precise new rules limiting its domestic activities. It needs close supervision by responsible and discreet legislators who know hi advance of any covert operation by any intelligence agents of the government, and it needs new leadership. ; J BI Reconsider Question ;xo On the question of its future dired.l tion, the recent habit of appointing CIA> directors from the ranks of the GL\ ; itself probably ought to be reconsidered. Men like Richard Helms and William Colby, who have spent most of th~eir-'< lives in the service and atmosphere;.o('i the CIA, may know more about what the 1 CIA should be doing than outsiders, hut.., they are not likely to be the best men,at, knowing what it should not be doing. ^. The CIA, has served the nation wJell' throughout the Cold War years, and this" 5 fact has undoubtedly been obscured' because its successes can never ibel publicized while many of its failures; are.' ',/... ,,-j,,, (Copyright) The Way It Was Here are briefs of news in The Salt Lake Tribune 25, 50 and 100 years ago today: March 18,1875 Says a floating item: "Every species of snake may be permanently driven away from an infested place by planting geraniums." A Saint seeing this, after taking Ins regular load of Valley Tan, planted two full-grown geraniums in the toes of his boots. March 18,1925 "There has been no industry which has risen to one of first or second magnitude among the productivity activities of the country in the time the automobile industry has made such an accomplishment," was the. statement, made last night by C. W. Na^u., president of the Nash Motor Co.'rib addressed Nash dealers of the' InlSP- mountain country at a dinner giveif'th his honor at the Newhousc Hotel. nj) March 18, 1950 Congress was urged Friday to set up a civilian defense system giving priority to those cities which would be the most likely targets of an atomic attack.This request was made by Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron who coin- plained .that municipal officials "do'rrjt 'know what they arc expected to do'"tb prepare against such an attack and can't find out. io-i MATCH'EM. . .MIX'EM -AND SAVE! MEN'S LEISURE WEAR 12 99 SUGAR HOUSE » BOUNTIFUL . ea. VALUES TO 30.00 Create your own leisure suit . . . with matching or contrasting jacket and slacks. Dacron Polyester and Rayon knit in tones of Blue, Brown, Green. Sizes 36 to 46 in the jackets, 30 to 40 waist in the slacks. T

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