In a May 20 memorandum, Aspin snidely told House-Senate conferees, "It is often suggested to me that Congress should just forget the President's budget request, since it was clearly an unreasonable pie-in-the-sky request to being with." He then curtly dismissed that suggestion as "politically naive." He also claimed that his warnings of what will be necessary in the way of cuts is "not a Washington Monument exercise," a reference to the "apocryphal Interior Secretary who proposed dismantling the Washington Monument ordered to trim his budget." But that is exactly the role Aspin has played in the current budget debate, and if the President succeeds in getting either the Senate figure or something higher, the Pentagon will once again be in debt to the deceptious
Congressman from Wisconsin.