National Affairs: Week of Words

The U.S.'s formal decision to go to the summit with the U.S.S.R.—a public U.N. Security Council session rather than a private smoke-filled room—came out of a week of tangled interchanges and conflicting pressures, which began with one of the crudest letters a President of the U.S. has ever received. Russia's Dictator Nikita Khrushchev flatly accused President Eisenhower of delaying a summit parley because Eisenhower did not want "a peaceful settlement" in the Middle East, was in fact preparing "fresh acts of aggression ... to confront the world with an ever-increasing extension of the military conflict."

Khrushchev's real net: he was turning lukewarm...