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Former Sen. Mark Hatfield Dies at 89 via Reader Supported News

Former Sen. Mark Hatfield, an outspoken critic of war whose liberal views often put him at odds with fellow Republicans, died Sunday. He was 89.

One of the first American servicemen to enter the Japanese city of Hiroshima following the atomic bombing, he once said one of his major accomplishments was helping usher through Congress a ban on US nuclear weapons testing in 1987.

“Every president other than Eisenhower has been seduced by the military concept that that is our sole measurement of our national security and the more bombs we build, the more secure we are,” Hatfield said a decade later.

“That’s just not true. We are vulnerable in our national security today, and we are vulnerable in many ways we are not addressing – the needs of education, the needs of housing, the needs of nutrition, the needs of health, the needs of infrastructure.”

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