Nuclear Carrots and Sticks

A stern congressional warning, a new flutter from Andropov

It has always been an unlikely alliance: liberal Democrats joining with the Reagan Administration to save the controversial MX missile. But Congressmen Les Aspin of Wisconsin, Norman Dicks of Washington, and Albert Gore Jr. of Tennessee never promised their support with no strings attached. When the Scowcroft Commission's report on strategic forces came out last April, the three were widely credited with engineering the package's major quid pro quo: congressional support for the MX in exchange for the Administration's good-faith pursuit of a U.S.-Soviet...

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