The Honor of Serving an Honorable Leader

Dec 7, 2018 | 12:00 GMT

On my desk at Stratfor's Austin headquarters sits a photograph from 1982 of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, along with a personalized note card that reads "for taking such good care of us." Although I played only a minimal role in the family's protection, it was very kind of the Bushes to acknowledge me. But that gracious gesture reflected the kind of people they were. I also was recently honored by an inspirational testimonial that Mr. Bush wrote about my latest book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America. The book tells the story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA station chief Bill Buckley, a crime that occurred during Bush's term as vice president. Bush was 94 when he died Nov. 30, almost eight months after his wife of 73 years passed. As I remember the man who...

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