LESLIE ASPIN, JR.
B/w photograph of Congressman Les Aspin - looking over his left
Photograph signed: "Les Aspin/6-80". B/w 8x10 signed in black
ink. Leslie Aspin, Jr. (1938-1995) was born in Wisconsin, educated at
Yale and Oxford (he was a Rhodes Scholar), receiving a PH.D in economics from
M.I.T (1966). Entering the Army as an officer, he served at the Pentagon as a
systems analyst (1966-1968). In 1970, he ran for Congress as a peace
candidate opposing the Vietnam War, was elected and served from 1971-1993.
In 1985 he became chairman of the Armed Services Committee; he
supported Reagan's policies on the MX missile and aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
In 1991 he again supported the Republican administration's position (George H.
W. Bush) on using military force against Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Having been
an advisor to the Clinton Presidential campaign, Aspin was named Secretary of
Defense (1993-1994). In one year, he was responsible for: 1) implementation
of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuals serving in the
military, 2) eligibility of women serving in combat, 3) ending the
Strategic Defense Initiative by downgrading it to the Ballistic Missile
Defense Organization, 4) intervention in Haiti to reinstate Aristide, 5)
nuclear weapons development in North Korea, 6) the worsening crisis in
Bosnia, 7) and quite possible the worst - Operation Somalia. After he
left the DOD, Aspin joined the international affairs program at Marquette
University where they have named their Washington government center in his
honor. He died at age 56. 3 filing nicks at right edge. Lightly creased at
corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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