Anent the present arms negotiations in Geneva, I wonder if the Soviets are not leading us down the garden path. Consider the following possibilities: Soviet science is sufficiently intelligent to recognize the inherent shortcomings of MX,. the B-1 bomber, and "Star Wars." Soviet political economists are sufficiently astute to recognize the economic drain imposed on the U.S. economy caused by investing in these programs.
Consider also, the Soviets play a lot of chess. We play a lot of poker. Perhaps what we call a chip, they all a gambit. From that perspective it is not inconceivable that the Soviets will maneuver to let us keep all of our bargaining chips.
And there we will be, standing tall, with gambit all over our face, defended by our three bargains. Chip No. 1, the MX missile, which could not decide whether it would ride the rails out West, like a hobo, or ride the subway under Utah, like an itinerant gopher, or inhabit a previously occupied Minuteman missile silo, much like the ferret who takes over from previous occupant.
Chip No. 2, the B-1 bomber, that on-again off-again delivery system is in need of work. Let us recognize the merit in maintaining technical capability in militarily sensitive industries. Also, let us recognize the added costs, and the strategic stupidity, of producing systems that will be outmoded by the time they come off the production line.