Reagan's Rx for the MX

In a key arms address, the President proposes a controversial basing plan

His delivery was flawless, his tone somber, his message meant to be reassuring. "Our children should not grow up frightened," Ronald Reagan said. "They should not fear the future." But the President's approach to preventing nuclear war was of itself, and necessarily, a frightening thing: he urged deployment of 100 huge new MX intercontinental ballistics missiles in a Dense Pack cluster near Cheyenne, Wyo.

"It is sadly ironic," Reagan said, "that in these modern times it still takes weapons to prevent war. I...

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