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Basic points from 'MX: Prescription for Disaster'

1. There is no such thing as a controlled or "sanitized" nuclear war. 2. No one knows how to stop such a war, once started. 3. Therefore the main function of a strategic force is to prevent nuclearwar -- in a word to deter.m

4. The US deterrent must have the ability to survive a first strike and still inflict unacceptable damage on the aggressor.

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5. The United States is notm weaker than the Soviets. It has stong andretaliatory powers. There is no need to rush into a panic-induced wrong decision.

6. Procuring forces just to "match" Soviet strenght is a mindless path. This would, in fact, provide increased incentives for a USSR first strike.

7. The MX missile is such an incentive, "an invita tion to nuclear war engraved in US gold."

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