October 12th, 2009

Courtesy of a post at The Edge of the American West, a lovely passage from Garry Wills describing the dilemma Reagan's advisors were confronted with when he contemplated agreeing to Gorbachev's proposal to scrap the superpowers' nuclear arsenals:

Sophisticated workers for the president had to search their souls. They resembled a crew of absentminded mini-Frankensteins who had fiddled at separate parts of a monster for benevolent but widely varying purposes, only to see him break the clasps and rear himself up off the table in a weird compulsion to do some monstrous Good Thing that none of them had ever believed possible.

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