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C132487Caspar Weinberger – a great warrior friend of Britain during the Falkands and Cold Wars – has died.

Times Online: "Caspar Weinberger, the former US Defence Secretary awarded an honourary knighthood by Margaret Thatcher for persuading Ronald Reagan to support the Falklands conflict, died [today] aged 88. His wife of 63 years, Jane, was at his bedside."

BBCi: "He joined the Reagan administration in 1981… Mr Weinberger shared with President Reagan a conviction that the Soviet Union was the biggest threat to the US and he oversaw the biggest peacetime increase in defence spending in US history… During his time in office, Mr Weinberger persuaded Congress to fund the so-called "Star Wars" programme – a system for defending the US against incoming missiles from space and by land… Mr Weinberger was also an ally of the former UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, promising her US support during the Falklands War with Argentina in 1982."

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