August 11, 1991
Irony. On the same day that Bush tells Gorbachev that the Soviets must cut military spending, the United States stiff-arms a Soviet proposal for further, negotiated, mutual deep cuts in strategic weapons (July 31). Bush says that the "demilitarization" of the Soviet economy is essential to genuine reform. But the demilitarization of the U.S. economy? That, as presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said of any new arms pacts, would be "premature." So it's full speed ahead for the B-2 and other weapons.