How Good Was the Deal?

Experts debate the pros and cons of the Reykjavik proposals

George

Ball

Under Secretary of State during the Johnson Administration:

"I think a real opportunity was missed in Reykjavik. SDI is not only a fantasy, it is a fraud. If the President persists in his SDI fantasy, there is no possibility of success in arms control. All the President is doing with his fixation on Star Wars is to make arms control more difficult to achieve. He is escalating the arms race, as the Soviets build more weapons to block SDI. The Soviets will not consent to limitations on their strategic missiles without receiving something in return. I'm appalled that the...

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