The Middle East: Critical Choices for the United States

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11
The Strategic
Nuclear Debate

EDWARD LUTTWAK

If you went over the text of the SALT I agreement in detail, you would find it astonishingly vague and imprecise. Here was a great state document, supposedly a magnificent achievement of diplomacy, supposedly of world historical importance, and you find it astonishingly vague, imprecise, full of gaping holes.

Now, how is it possible that at the very center of the national states, the very center of the conduct of foreign policy, a scandalous going-on of this kind in fact should have taken place over the last several years?

The reason is partly the continuing barrage of lies that have emanated from negotiators, and chief negotiators, chiefly. But beyond this there is something more fundamental. Among the majority of the people who are professionally concerned with foreign policy, defense policy, there has been over the last decade and a half a notion that has established its authority, according to which strategic power actually

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Dr. Luttwak is professor of political science, at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

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