Bureaucratic Politics and the Defense Budget: The Formation of the 1988 Base Realignment and Closure Commission
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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Closing militaiy bases has always been a highly political process. A vivid example of this is the story told about President Lyndon Johnson and Amarillo Air Force Base. Johnson was looking for votes to extend the limit on the national debt, and he threatened members of the Texas delegation that he would close their base if they failed to suppon him. They refused so he kept his promise and closed Amarillo. To the relief of many Chambers of Commerce, no president since Johnson has been so effective in shutting down military bases.
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