Missiles: INF Faces a Final Hurdle

The Senate presses some of its own ideas about the missile treaty

The intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed in December would eliminate 1,752 Soviet and 867 American nuclear missiles, but it would not make the world a safer place, according to one vocal critic. The treaty does not require either superpower to dismantle warheads, "the part of the nuclear weapon that kills people and destroys property," he argues. Because these warheads might be retargeted at the U.S., he says, the treaty constitutes a "trigger for nuclear holocaust."

Who is this champion of disarmament? Jesse Jackson? No, Jesse Helms, the right-wing Senator from North Carolina and the senior...