The $49.50 Cruise Missile and Another Moratorium

September 1977
National Review;9/30/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 38, p1097
This article criticizes the exchange of the B-1 bombers by the U.S. for getting cruise missiles from the Soviet Union. If U.S. President Jimmy Carter gave up the B-1 bomber for a cruise missile that can only go 1,500 miles when air-launched and 360 miles when launched from sea or land, then he has made a big mistake. The U.S. regards weapons simply as toys to be piled up and measured by their cumulative range. The Soviets seek to gain advantage behind their shield of secrecy. The Soviet Union suddenly and without warning terminated the three-year test-ban moratorium from 1958 to 1961 with a series of nuclear explosions.


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