The death Oct. 18 of Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young (R-Fla.) is hitting defense hawks in Congress at a particularly bad time, considering the recent shutdown, continuing resolution and ongoing sequestration threat. Widely respected as one of the staunchest advocates and friends of the military, Young was the chief defense appropriator in the House of Representatives where he served since 1970. “He will be greatly missed for his willingness to work across the aisle and his advocacy for veterans,” ...

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