|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 22 Dec 1994 16:16:34 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||PERRY BACKS CLEANUP|
PERRY BACKS CLEANUP The Washington Post reports today (December 22, 1994) that Defense Secretary William Perry has "made it plain ... he plans to fight, not switch, on programs and policies under his domain." In an article headed "Perry Vows to Fight Hill for Base, Nuclear Cleanups," Perry is quoted, from a year-end news conference, saying "I believe the primary debate is going to be on priorities ... I do not believe we are proposing to spend unnecessary money on environmental compliance, or unnecessary money for Nunn-Lugar." The latter is the program designed to encourage the former Soviet republics to dismantle their weapons or mass destruction. The article also enhances Perry's personal credibility. Despite general pre-confirmation expectations that Perry would be bland and anonymous, it concludes, "Perry has emerged as one of the administration's important foreign policy players, and its most effective senior spokesman on national security matters." His public backing, during this winter of discontent, of the Pentagon environmental program is an important political coup for the Environmental Security office at the Pentagon.
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