There is reason to believe that Reagan has made it clear to Gorbachev that "Star Wars" is negotiable. There is also reason to believe that the Soviet leader, in return, has indicated to the President that he is flexible on verification.
No other scenario explains so well why these two could come away from the Geneva summit smiling. No other scenario supports the President's statement to the nation that the two of them had agreed on "offensive reductions . . . with tough verification," or the Soviet leader's report to his nation that "the world has become a safer place."
Most of what each leader said to the other may not be known until they write their memoirs, but what they had said before they went to the pool-house and what they said when they came out, is history. Reagan had said that "no cheating" was one of the "broad issues" he would bring up at the summit. He was looking at 40 years of Soviet refusals to agree on arms reductions verified by intrusive inspections, and 40 years of Soviet promises not kept. Gorbachev had said Star Wars would have to go, or else nothing would be accomplished at the summit.