Soft on Military Hardware: Congress and the Pentagon

Oginbene, Peter J.
July 1975
New Republic;7/5/75, Vol. 173 Issue 1/2, p16
The two major “reductions” in the budget at the Pentagon were aid to the Thieu government and shipbuilding overruns which were deferred for a year. The Pentagon has received everything it has requested, because of a government which has proven itself to be “rudderless”. A relevant foreign policy and military posture have been diverted by choosing to exploit fear to sell a defense budget that is appropriate to the circumstances, especially in Greece and Turkey, Viet Nam and Cambodia. The Pentagon sold “fear” and the Congress bought it.


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