Disturbing the Strategic Balance

By making the Soviets feel more vulnerable, the MX could derail arms control

President Reagan's nationally televised speech last week was a tour de force. It is difficult to imagine a more effective, persuasive and reassuring presentation of his decision to pack the MX densely into a remote corner of Wyoming. He demonstrated something like perfect pitch in fine-tuning his appeal for support of the largest nuclear weapons system in American history and the simultaneous pursuit of deep reductions in the arsenals of the superpowers. But it will take more than rhetorical skills to dissolve the doubts that have been cast...

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