The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb

The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb

Philip Taubman

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 006174400X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Offering a clear analysis of the danger of nuclear terrorism and how it can be prevented, The Partnership sheds light on one of the most divisive security issues facing Washington today. Award-winning New York Times journalist Philip Taubman illuminates our vulnerability in the face of this pressing terrorist threat—and the unlikely efforts of five key Cold War players to eliminate the nuclear arsenal they helped create. Bob Woodward calls The Partnership a “brilliant, penetrating study of nuclear threats, present and past,” and David Kennedy writes that it is “indispensable reading for all who would understand the desperate urgency of containing the menace of nuclear proliferation.”

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The sixteen senators who attended came away as concerned as Nunn and Lugar. Nunn and Lugar and their staff members quickly drafted a new legislative measure called the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act. Lugar’s weight as a cosponsor, coupled with the alarming picture painted by the Carter study, transformed the political equation. On November 26, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the Nunn-Lugar program. The program provided $400 million to dismantle Soviet nuclear and chemical weapons, and

ambivalence about abolishing nuclear arms, Shultz would not acknowledge any daylight between his views and Kissinger’s. “Well, he signed it,” Shultz said of the Wall Street Journal piece. Referring to a documentary film about nuclear disarmament that features Shultz, Kissinger, Perry, and Nunn, Shultz continued, “And you’ve seen the Nuclear Tipping Point. He made all those statements. There they are. They’re on the record.” In the film, Kissinger speaks as a firm supporter of the abolition

rights programs. When Nixon created the Office of Management and Budget in 1970 to bring some coherence to executive branch budget management, he appointed Shultz as the first director. Then in 1972, Nixon elevated Shultz to Treasury secretary. He took office on June 12, five days before the botched Watergate burglary. As Nixon grew increasingly preoccupied with the Watergate cover-up and scandal it produced, he and his aides tried to enlist Shultz in various schemes to use the IRS and Secret

officials that began late on the evening of October 24 and ended well after midnight. Kissinger initially planned to hold the emergency meeting at the State Department—by this time he was secretary of state as well as national security adviser—but General Alexander Haig, who had replaced H. R. Haldeman as White House chief of staff in May, urged a shift to the White House to lend a sense that Nixon was involved. In fact, Nixon was upstairs, in the residential quarters, during the meeting, and may

Nixon and Brezhnev signed the ABM Treaty and the interim agreement on strategic offensive arms, known as SALT I. Kissinger’s handling of the negotiations was uneven. With Nixon’s blessing, he often operated outside normal State Department channels, dealing directly with top Soviet officials. The back-channel conversations infuriated Gerard Smith, the lead American negotiator, and his colleagues. Kissinger’s lack of technical expertise led to several damaging blunders that more knowledgeable

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