Just as Washington uneasily predicted, the Russians—having just completed their test series of nuclear weapons in Siberia —proclaimed that they were suspending nuclear tests unilaterally, and called on the U.S. to do likewise. Failing this, Moscow added, "the U.S.S.R. will naturally be free to act."

Just as the Administration feared, the strength-through-propaganda set began acknowledging a major U.S. defeat. "Russia's announcement," said the Washington Post and Times Herald, "places the U.S. in an extremely ugly position before world opinion." "Like Carmen Basilic," said the New York Times's James Reston, "the U.S. has...

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