In a classic case of "Ego vs. Reality," President Reagan has decided to pull out of the SALT II treaty, probably launching an all-out arms race with unthinkable consequences.
Can it be that this former actor is still so proficient at role switching that he can go from the robes of a peace-seeking proponent of Summit talks to the donning of a war-god helmet, much to the amazement of political supporters and opponents alike?
It appears that our "Rambo"-admiring President, now nearing the final stages of his rule, has decided that if he can't lick the U.S.S.R. while still in office, he will leave a legacy: An unlimited, hopeless arms race leading to an eventual superpower showdown.
One irony of this rash macho decision is that it flies in the face of the House Armed Services Committee report, which states: "The Soviets are in a better position than the United States to benefit from the abandonment of the accord." The report furnishes backup data, which obviously is meaningless to Reagan.