America Abroad

Heading Off a Chain Reaction

Soviet and American diplomats were back at it last week, trying to make an agreement out of the disarmament bombshells that George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev had just finished lobbing at each other. The latest round of benevolent one-upmanship is intended to diminish the danger of war, save money both countries need for domestic spending and set a good example for the rest of the world.

That much Bush and Gorbachev acknowledge. But they're also engaged in a tacit conspiracy to eliminate as many nuclear weapons as possible from parts of the U.S.S.R. that want to be independent countries.

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