Armaments: Risking Political Fallout

Despite some European fears, the U.S. decides to build the neutron bomb

Criminal!" declared one Soviet commentator. TASS, the government news agency, said that the decision illustrated Ronald Reagan's "cannibalistic instincts," and was "an extremely dangerous step toward the further spiraling of the arms race and enhancing the threat of nuclear war." Some Western European officials worried that the political fallout would damage the Atlantic Alliance by bringing on a new surge of pacifism and neutralism. But President Reagan, relaxing at his California ranch, was unfazed by the outcry. Said he of...

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