Never Sound Retreat

Weinberger wages a stubborn defensive struggle

Pentagon's point man found himself isolated, encircled and under siege last week. But Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger refused to surrender in his unflinching battle to protect the military budget from facing its share of the cuts made by the rest of the Administration in the drive to reduce the huge federal deficit.

Returning from meetings with other NATO ministers in Western Europe, Weinberger jumped into the budget wars after all other departments and the President had tentatively agreed to slash a painful $34 billion next year from...

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