Two pillars of the military establishment in the House, Mendel Rivers and George Mahon, clashed heatedly on the chamber floor on May 20. Rivers is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mahon Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Traditionally, the two had worked hand-in-hand to anticipate (and often surpass) the desires of the military for new weapons systems, bases, force levels, and other appurtenances of the most destructive war machine in the history of man.
Their clash, triggered by Mahon’s support of a spending limit on all federal expenditures, including military ones, reflected the new and growing mood of skepticism toward the military on Capitol Hill....
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