You know I have great admiration for sneaky politicians who figure out ways to end-run quarmires. Ronald Reagan is a case in point.
No previous President had achieved any reduction or even containment of Nukes. Whe. Gorby got in, Reagan saw an opening. But the former KGB Chief wouldn't budge. He was tough negotiator. Reagan's folks including George Schultz held out little hope for real progress.
Some nutty futurists were talking a Star Wars missile shield. I got Reagan thinking. He was seen doodling space missile cartoons.
He announced that the US was building Star Wars. Reagan's aides thought he'd gone over the edge.
The Russians were intimidated. They left the talks. They assumed Reagan was bluffing. Reagan announced it would be really big Star Wars. No negotiating. The Russians backed down and came to table pleading for mercy.