When to Hold 'Em - and to Fold 'Em

Did the President play his cards right at the summit?

The most extraordinary bargaining session in the history of arms control was reaching a crescendo. For almost two days, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. had continued to up the ante. Now, as night closed in on Hofdi house, the "grand compromise" was in sight. But the whole startling package of proposals was hanging on the Soviet insistence that Star Wars research be confined to the laboratory. Ronald Reagan made a last-ditch appeal to Mikhail Gorbachev. He declared he had made a pledge to the American people not to trade away SDI. "Please," Reagan said, "don't ask me to do it." Impervious, the...

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