By Douglas C. Waller
Early in 1982 a gaggle of lawmakers brought into either homes of the U.S. Congress a solution calling at the usa and the Soviet Union to barter a mutual and verifiable halt to the nuclear fingers race. It used to be a daring degree and person who sparked extreme debate among participants of Congress and the White condominium over the behavior of U.S. fingers keep an eye on coverage. This publication is an inside of account of that legislative conflict, advised through a congressional aide who used to be within the thick of it.
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Randy Kehler, the leader of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, Page xiv proposed a toast to the congressman and his staff. Markey toasted Kehler and the other Freeze Campaign organizers who had fought so long for the resolution. Other people stood up, toasting, laughing, reminiscing. Several minutes later, Congressman Les AuCoin, a liberal Democrat from Oregon who had also camped on the House floor during the entire debate, walked in, and again to the sound of applause. "Les, we couldn't have done it without you," Markey shouted, wrapping his arm around AuCoin's shoulder.
A new arms control team, headed by diplomat Max Kampelman, a protégé of the late Hubert Humphrey and sometime foreign policy adviser to Mondale, was put together several weeks after the Shultz-Gromyko talks in January 1985, to begin formal negotiations in March. That same month, Mr. Reagan sent a private note to Gorbachev, sounding him out on the idea of an early summit. In June the president shocked his own advisers by ordering a Poseidon nuclear submarine dismantled so the United States would remain in strict compliance with the unratified yet soon to expire SALT II Treaty, a document he had vilified during the 1980 campaign as fatally flawed.
That's all that really matters. " McCornack walked over and refilled my cup from the champagne bottle he had been cradling. "All of you did a great job on the floor," he said, beaming. "It wouldn't have been possible if we hadn't had the Freeze Campaign behind us," I admitted. "That was what won it. " "Still, you stuck it out; that's the important thing," McCornack said. "I've seen so many bills up here compromised, so many people settling for half a loaf when they could have it all. But you guys never gave in.