The Military's Majority

Reagan sides with Weinberger in proposing minimal defense cuts

Budget Boss David Stockman had the entire Republican leadership of Congress and even most of the Cabinet on his side. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, an aide admitted, had "a constituency of one." But that constituency is named Ronald Reagan. Overruling Stockman's proposals for deep cuts in military spending, the President decided last week that his deficit-reduction plan will contain only the minimal reductions Weinberger would accept.

Thus with his majority of one, Weinberger won one of the Administration's biggest internal fights. In the process...

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