Reagan and Gorbachev: Shutting the Cold War Down
Reagan's final year has become a rare opportunity for another breakthrough. At the very least, it can create forward motion that will carry over into the next presidency. In these circumstances the Soviet leader is shrewdly pushing to achieve as much as he can while Reagan is still minding the store. With evident sincerity, both sides are aiming for a broad agreement that would have been unthinkable a few years back, under the "old" Reagan–a treaty that reduces the strategic nuclear warheads in both arsenals by 50 percent. This is a much tougher problem to solve than the more limited intermediate-missile treaty, and they probably won't get it done in time. But if they do succeed, a Reagan treaty would win Senate ratification easily, even with the opposition of hard-core right-wing Republicans.
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The politics of arms control is utterly altered by Reagan's conversion. Gorbachev, he asserts, is "looking for a situation of competing but living peacefully together in the world." That, of course, is what the so-called doves have been saying about the Soviets for many years. Reagan has painted his old right-wing allies into a political corner. They gnash their teeth and accuse their former champion of apostasy. Ronald Reagan "soft" on Communism? A "useful idiot," as one right-winger put it, for the Soviets? The right depreciates its own standing with such ludicrous claims.
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The Soviet Union has about the same number now. Up to the early Seventies the Soviets lagged far behind, but now they have caught up. If nothing changes, if no new agreements are signed, each side will add several thousand more warheads–just by following through on the weapons systems that are already approved and under construction.
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What Adams is describing is the real trench warfare of arms control–the struggle that ought to be fought. If the arms race is to be slowed, the national addiction to the manufacture of arms has to be broken. As with any other drug, the addicts don't want to give it up. Cold turkey can be very painful.
Reagan/Gorbachev and the Correspondence that Ended the Cold War
The terrible momentum is visible in these figures: in 1970, when Nixon was negotiating SALT I, the United States had about 4,900 strategic warheads deployed and ready to launch at the Soviet Union. By the time Jimmy Carter was signing SALT II, the total American arsenal approached 11,000 strategic warheads. When Ronald Reagan signed his treaty with the Soviets last month, the United States had about 13,000 warheads in place.
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Taken together, these compromises explain why the arms race has powered forward over the last three decades–despite the occasional arms-control treaties and sometimes because of them.
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The cold warriors who insist on building every new weapon devised by corporate engineers may be handing the reds the most important victory of all–the economic advantages of peace.