Is It Trick or Treaty?

The critics have blasted the Senate for rejecting a nuclear test-ban pact. Big deal

You would think the Senate had voted to launch a nuclear weapon. The foreign policy establishment reacted with horror last week when the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which would ban nuclear tests. Editors were aghast at the "parochial Senators" (the New York Times) who were willing to pay "a risky price...for political points" (the Los Angeles Times). Headlines blared comparisons to the U.S. repudiation of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 and 1920, an isolationist mistake that arguably helped lead to World War II.

Allies were similarly upset. Britain's government was "deeply disappointed"; the Japanese Foreign Minister "extremely...

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