Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is using the Br'er Rabbit gambit against President Reagan's "Star Wars" ploy, and Gorbachev will snooker him.
In case you don't remember, when Br'er Rabbit was caught by the fox he pleaded, "Please don't throw me into the brier patch, that's the worst thing you can do to me. Do any terrible thing to me that you want, but please, please don't throw me into the brier patch." And the fox, of course, threw Br'er Rabbit into the brier patch, which was exactly what Br'er Rabbit wanted since it was his natural habitat.
Gorbachev knows that Star Wars can never work, that it can easily be disabled or overwhelmed. Gorbachev would just love for the United States to waste all of its research and engineering effort on Star Wars, and go a trillion dollars further into debt trying to build it. So he used the Br'er Rabbit gambit. He pleaded to Reagan, "Please don't build Star Wars, we'll agree to anything on arms control, but please, please don't build Star Wars." But Reagan, being the staunch right-wing conservative that he is, stood firm on Star Wars, and all his right-wing crazies applauded his courage and determination.