James R. Schlesinger, R.I.P.

by Bing West

Dr. James R. Schlesinger died this morning of cardiac arrest. He was a towering national-security figure in the ’70s, director of CIA, secretary of defense and of energy, a formidable intellect who loved the troops. A man of integrity, he disagreed with President Ford’s eagerness to reach a “détente” with the Soviet Union. As defense secretary, Schlesinger stood squarely with the troops during the Vietnam debacle of 1975, earning the warm friendships of Army General Creighton Abrams and Marine General Lewis Wilson. When Saigon fell in 1975, Secretary Schlesinger, assured our soldiers that “your cause was just and noble.” That sentiment is equally true today. He was a leader who never wavered. 

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