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Permission to Speak Freely by Doug Crandall, Matt Kincaid

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5

A LEADER’S POWER SUFFOCATES

Personalities change when the President is present, and frequently even strong men make recommendations on the basis of what they believe the President wishes to hear.

—ROBERT F. KENNEDY, THIRTEEN DAYS

THE USS GREENVILLE is a Los Angeles–class, fast-attack nuclear submarine armed with Tomahawk missiles. Commissioned in 1994, it measures 363 feet and weighs 7,177 tons.* On February 9, 2001, the sub departed for standard maneuvers off the shores of Oahu as part of a “distinguished visitor cruise”—a program intended to provide influential civilians insight into navy operations. When the Greenville executed an emergency main ballast tank blow nine miles shy of port, a businessman occupied the helmsman chair and a sports ...

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