Nation: SALT'S Last (Big) 5%

Or, everyone going around in circles

Negotiations are 95% complete for a second-stage Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty. So declared Paul Warnke, the outgoing director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, after he and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance finished two days of talks in the Kremlin last week. But two years ago, the then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, similarly proclaimed that SALT II was 95% complete. Last year the Carter Administration spoke glowingly of wrapping up negotiations by Christmas of 1977. Now there is talk of a treaty by...