Arms Control: Toward a Safer World

Breaking the dusty rules of arms control, Bush cuts the U.S. arsenal and invites Gorbachev to do the same. But Moscow should read the fine print.

It was a solid Bush-plus performance. In his televised address to the nation from the Oval Office on Friday evening, the President was proposing nothing less than a new set of guidelines for nuclear peace in the post-cold war world. He was, for once, ahead of the curve, demonstrating real leadership in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the doomsday arsenal.

Yet this was no nuclear abolitionist, no Jimmy Carter daring to dream about the "elimination of all nuclear weapons from this earth." Nor was it Ronald Reagan, putting his faith in a pure defense that would render nuclear weapons...

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