March 28, 2006

Reagan Defense Sec. Weinberger dies

Former defense chief Caspar Weinberger dies at 88

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caspar Weinberger, U.S defense secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died on Tuesday at age 88, his family said.

Weinberger died about 5 a.m. in a hospital near his home in Mount Desert, Maine. He had recently been treated for pneumonia.

"He was just a worn-out guy," his son, Caspar Weinberger, Jr., told Reuters.

"He should be remembered as a world statesman, a great American patriot," the son said. "What he did with Reagan really brought down the Soviet Union. They stuck to their plan and simply outspent the Soviets despite all sorts of doubts here."

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