Setback For Star Wars

Hawks and doves find themselves in rare agreement as Congress takes a big whack at the Pentagon's wish list

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee since 1972, antiwar Democrat Ron Dellums of California has voted against nearly every new weapons system the Pentagon has proposed. As chairman of that powerful body since 1984, Democrat Les Aspin of Wisconsin has backed most of the Defense Department's plans for costly missiles, airplanes and ships. Now the staggering federal deficit and a diminishing Soviet military threat have Dellums and Aspin seeing almost eye to eye on cuts in military spending. Following their lead last week, the committee slashed $24 billion from the Bush Administration's $307 billion defense budget.

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