Your editorial advocates a negotiated test ban treaty. While I agree that a treaty is better than a moratorium, a moratorium is certainly better than a continuation of nuclear tests.
The United States conducted 13 or more tests since the Russians stopped their testing. Any imaginable Russian advantage must have been matched by this series of tests--if there was a Russian advantage, which is highly doubtful, since we still maintain an edge in the sophistication of our weapons.
This is a rare moment of opportunity. The present Russian leadership is obviously interested in stopping or slowing the arms race. The condition of our economy would require the same. While the arms industry provides just enough activity for the external appearance of a "recovery," the signs are quite unhealthy.
Some people think that we can outproduce the Russians and force them to their knees by continuing the arms race. However, can we afford it? We continue to finance most of our armaments from deficits; we charge it to the next generation.