Is This Goodbye?

A Senate committee stuns Bush by rejecting Tower's nomination

After a month as President, George Bush had his first chance to make a splash on the world scene. But as he began a series of one-on-one meetings with some of the foreign leaders who went to Japan for the funeral of Emperor Hirohito, Bush suffered a slap from which not even the 6,800 miles between Washington and Tokyo could remove the sting. Disregarding fervent pleas by the President, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 11 to 9 along strict party lines to reject his nomination of former Senator John Tower to be Secretary of Defense. The main reason: Democrats on...

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