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Caspar Weinberger Dies



Ex-defence chief Weinberger dies
Caspar Weinberger, who served as defence secretary under former US President Ronald Reagan, has died in hospital aged 88, his family said.

Mr Weinberger had recently been treated for pneumonia, reports say.

He joined the Reagan administration in 1981 and went on to preside over a period of massive military spending.

His son told Reuters news agency Mr Weinberger should be remembered as "a great American patriot" who helped bring down the Soviet Union.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell also paid tribute to Mr Weinberger, describing him as "an indefatigable fighter for peace through strength".

During his time in office, Mr Weinberger is credited with persuading Congress to fund the so-called "Star Wars" programme - a system for defending the US against incoming missiles by space and by land.

He was a divisive figure who clashed with other key players in the Reagan cabinet - but was widely regarded as a close ally of the president himself.

An earlier stint in Washington saw Mr Weinberger managing the federal budget for President Richard Nixon - a period during which he earned the nickname "Cap the Knife" for pushing through a series of cuts.




Absolutely. I have his book "The Next War", it's a real good read that makes you think about all kind of possibilities.


Star Wars never worked and it never will. Earned the big companies a lot of money though. So some claim that it DID work.

And he was mentioned in the Iran-Contra scandall, wasn't he.

Just thought I'ld balance the report.

BTW, the original BBC report contains these lines:

"Mr Weinberger resigned as defence secretary in 1987, amid claims he had been involved in selling arms to Iran to fund pro-US rebels in Nicaragua.

He was pardoned by President George Bush Snr in 1992, weeks before he was to have stood trial over his alleged role in what came to be known as the Iran-Contra affair."

Don't know if you left them out or if the report was updated after you posted.


Never say never.

Never say always.


Secretary Weinberger was a great man. May he rest in peace.


This is not the time or place to attack the man.

It has always been a T-Nation tradition to pay respects on a "death thread."

Show a modocum of respect.

If you can't say anything good about the man upon his death, do what the other hate filled liberals are doing, skip the thread!


I was saddened to hear about the passing of Secretary Weinberger.

He was a great man who did great things and helped bring down a truly Evil Empire.

My prayers are with his family at this time...............


Cap Weinberger, R.I.P.
March 29, 2006; Page A18

Writing in Forbes magazine last year on the legacy of George Kennan, Caspar Weinberger concluded: "Reagan realized that containment was not enough, that the U.S. had to win the Cold War. And thanks to his leadership, we did."

The use of the pronoun "his" was typically modest, for, other than the Gipper, no American played a bigger role in defeating Soviet Communism than Mr. Weinberger, who died yesterday at the age of 88. Reagan picked his fellow Californian to transform a Defense Department left in tatters by Jimmy Carter's Presidency. In his seven years as secretary, Mr. Weinberger presided over a roughly 70% increase in defense spending and directed the modernization of the military that later won the Gulf War in spectacular fashion and remains globally dominant today.

Mr. Weinberger also exposed the false mystique of arms control as he helped put the first nails in the coffin of the Cold War MAD doctrine of mutually assured destruction. He was responsible for implementing Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative -- and lived to see that vision become a reality 20 years later, with the U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and the deployment of missile defenses.

After he left office, Mr. Weinberger served his country as well by refusing to accept a plea bargain in the politically motivated indictments by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh over the Iran-Contra affair. President George H.W. Bush pardoned him two weeks before he was to go to trial, and it's a tribute to Mr. Weinberger's patriotism and good will that that bitter experience never left him embittered. Perhaps he knew that his many contributions to liberty would be what history remembers.


So...do say them?


I am all for paying the man respects for dying. May he rest in peace.

However, I do find that last line very interesting and would like to know why some think it is "disrespectful" to talk about something that major in someone's life after they die. No one held their tongue when Mike Mentzer died.