Rolling Back on Defense

Not even the plans for military spending are sacrosanct

It was the kind of political theater that Americans had watched before, but the mood of the drama was subtly different. Last week, Ronald Reagan and his aides staged a series of intra-Administration debates and consultations with worried congressional leaders, fanning speculation about just what new budget cuts the President plans to advocate in a major pronouncement later this week. The script was reminiscent of the buildup to Reagan's unveiling of his first round of spending slashes last February; this time, however, there was no...

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