The Nation: A Call to Slow the Costly Race

On his Western trip last week, Henry Kissinger hammered out the urgent message: The alternative to a new SALT deal is an expensive and wasteful nuclear arms race that will not improve the security of either nation and might even make a nuclear war more likely.

His talks with Soviet Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev were intended to wrap up the broad agreement between President Ford and the Russian leader at Vladivostok in November 1974 to limit each side to 2,400 long-range missiles and bombers. Of this number, only 1,320 could carry MIRVs—clusters of independently aimed warheads. Kissinger brought home proposed compromises on...