Can START Be Stopped?

In acronym-awed Washington, stirring up the alphabet soup is a serious matter. Thus it has become a critical concern in the capital that White House officials have begun referring to certain ongoing negotiations with the Soviet Union not as a continuation of SALT (which stands for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) but as START (for Strategic Arms Reduction Talks).

SALT was first coined as an acronym in 1968 by State Department Official Robert Martin. Senior officials at State thought it a bit too cute, but the then trendy CIA and the media picked it up, and the designation stuck. At his first press...

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