Towering Troubles: Bush's pick for the Pentagon faces questions

Bush's pick for the Pentagon faces questions about his conduct

John Tower, Secretary of Defense-designate, is a full-fledged member of the Capitol Hill old boys' network. Before retiring from Congress after the 1986 election, he put in four terms as a Republican Senator from Texas. For six years he served as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, the panel now judging his fitness to run the Pentagon. His old friends in the upper chamber are eager to confirm his appointment, either because of personal regard or because it would further a kind of quasi alliance between Congress and the Bush Administration that both need for their own purposes. But . ....

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