Defense: Green Light for ABM

For nearly a year the U.S. has been trying to talk Russia out of deploying an anti-ballistic-missile network around key Soviet cities. Such a move, President Johnson argued, would force the U.S. to erect a shield of its own at immense cost, thereby imposing "on our peoples and on all mankind an additional waste of resources with no gain in security to either side." But the Russians, with their own hawk-dove divisions to worry about, were not listening. Now, discouraged by the Soviet response, alarmed at the looming menace of China as...

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