Is the Reagan defense buildup over? : an interview with Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Host Peter Krogh disscusses Regean's defense strategy with Caspar Weinberger.
In the four and a half years previous to this interview, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, under the Reagan administration, presided over the largest peacetime military expansion in American history. 1985 was the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union, with an economic growth rate close to zero. Newly elected president Mikhail Gorbachev was not only burdened with the task of revitalizing the economic system, but with keeping up the arms race. The United States was also combating a recession and growing deficit, contributing to a mounting concern that the unprecedented defense spending must be curbed. Weinberger combats Congress’ urge to cut funding by explaining how increased defense spending in fact helps the economy, and that a robust defense is the best way to prevent catastrophic risks to peace and freedom. He concludes by arguing strongly in favor of Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.
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WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)Blackwell Corporation (Washington D.C.)Georgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceSouth Carolina Educational Television Network
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