Was It All a Soviet Sting?

Did Ronald Reagan walk into a sting? Did Mikhail Gorbachev go to Reykjavik with a well-wrought plan designed to put the Soviets in a no-lose situation and the Americans in a no-win one? Or, perhaps, did Gorbachev get so caught up in the breakneck pace of the negotiations that he went further than he had planned?

Amid the mysteries of Soviet motivations, one thing appears certain: Gorbachev arrived in Iceland with a detailed game plan, approved in advance by the Politburo after consultations with Warsaw Pact leaders, that would shape the events of the weekend. The concept was apparently simple. Moscow...

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