Speaking His Mind

The potshots at the Pentagon sounded like standard Democratic liberalism. Slash the Administration's proposed defense budget. Forget about building the MX missile. Get all those bureaucratic bigwigs out from behind their desks at the Pentagon. Crack down on the piggishness of defense contractors. Broadsides they were, but not from some out-of-step lefty: they were the prescriptions of Arizona's Barry Goldwater, the prospective chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, eminence grise of old-fashioned conservative Republicanism and a major general in the Air Force Reserve.

Goldwater, 75, has always been unusually candid, often...

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