Magazine article The Nation

All Uphill from Here

Magazine article The Nation

All Uphill from Here

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"The news is so good," President Reagan gushed at the conclusion of his summit chat with General Secretary Gorbachev, "we're going to hold it till tomorrow." Overnight, the bloated media battalion in Geneva played with Reagan's prediction like a Coon cat with a meadow mouse--grabbing it, running aimleslly with it, then letting it go and seizing it to extend the exquisite torture. But at daybreak it was still a mouse, and a dead one. The good news was the same as the bad news: nothing of substance that could seriously advance peace could be accomplished, no new round of detente would begin, and the current cold war would continue.

As it turned out, Defense Secretary Weinberger's letter to the President on Star Wars and SALT--"leaked" to the press on the eve of the summit by moles still unknown--was less a memorandum of personal advice than a statement of official policy. For all the reasons that should have become obvious during the last five years, the Administration had no intention of compromising its strategy of dominance in superpower affairs, of striking a noninterventionist deal in Third World conflicts or of facilitating the demilitarization of the U. …

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