Burnham, James
January 1978
National Review;1/6/1978, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p22
This article presents information on the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) negotiations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, focusing on nuclear weapons control. In the context of SALT negotiation, strategic arms are defined as continental-range nuclear weapons, amassed by the Soviet Union and the U.S. No matter what the terms of SALT are, they are meaningless unless their fulfillment can be verified beyond reasonable doubt. The U.S. approach to SALT seems to be based on two typically American illusions: excessive optimism about the other fellow's motives, and excessive faith in its own technological ingenuity.


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