Changing of The Guards

Weinberger's exit removes the Administration's "Svengali of Star Wars"

Arguing with Caspar Weinberger was often likened to quarreling with a tape recorder. The Secretary of Defense never raised his voice and seldom even changed his words. In a smooth monotone, he would just say over and over that not a nickel could safely be cut from military budgets, that the U.S. must let nothing stand in the way of early deployment of a Star Wars missile defense. It was a style of argument and of thinking that irritated many; on budgetary matters it was sometimes said "Cap" Weinberger had a constituency of one. That one, however, happened to be his...

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