Playing for the Future

COVER STORY

Is the U.S. making the right moves toward Moscow in arms control?

Ronald Reagan had been beset before by political defeats and disarray, but never in such a cherished domain of his Administration. Whatever his struggles and stumbles on the economy and social issues, the President had always managed to press his program for national defense with seemingly unassailable determination and confidence. Yet last week—in Congress, public opinion and international negotiations—it was precisely his efforts to strengthen and protect the nation's military security that were in trouble.

In a stunning repudiation, the Senate Budget Committee...

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