The Nation: Peppering SALT

Critics are lining up early

As if he did not have enough problems on Capitol Hill, Jimmy Carter faces increasing congressional opposition to the new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) that his negotiators hope to hammer out with the Soviet Union before the end of the year. Closed-door briefings by Administration officials for selected Senators have given SALT's critics something to criticize.

The Administration is most worried about Senator Scoop Jackson. The Washington Democrat was the bane of Henry Kissinger's existence during earlier SALT debates, and now, in a truly bipartisan spirit, he is marshaling his formidable technical expertise and political power...

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