Arms Control: What Can SALT Halt?

"Nuclear stalemate" is a phrase frequently used to describe the equation of the U.S. and Soviet Russia. The fact is that it is not truly a stalemate but a competition. To curb that competition and to establish an agreed-upon balance of destructive power have long been elusive hopes. In his Inaugural Address in January, the President declared: "With those who are willing to join, let us cooperate to reduce the burden of arms." For a long time, it seemed, the right people were not willing. After confidently predicting that U.S.-Soviet talks to...

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