DEFENSE: The Breakthrough on SALT

"We have averted an arms race of unbelievable cost," declared President Ford. "A breakthrough," summed up Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. "It was something Nixon couldn't do in three years, but Ford did it in three months," said Presidential Press Secretary Ron Nessen in early exuberance, before apologizing for "a hasty and oversimplified remark."

Those comments on the preliminary SALT II agreement reached in Vladivostok between Ford and Soviet Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev apparently were the opening statements in another national debate over nuclear weapons. While there seemed to be a growing...

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