THE NATION: Oh, the Luxury

Judging from the headlines, horseback punditry and radio-television commentary, the U.S. man in the street might well have believed that the U.S. suffered a stunning cold war defeat last week. The U.S., said the quidnuncs, had alienated "world opinion" by sending its troops into Lebanon. And Russia's Nikita Khrushchev had "scored a great propaganda victory" by offering to come to New York for a summit conference at the United Nations.

The facts were something else: 1) the proposal of a heads-of-states meeting under the auspices of the U.N. was a Western proposal, in answer to Khrushchev's wild offer of a...

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