THE ALLIES: The European Welcome

Like a miler awaiting the starter's gun, Western Europe got set for Dwight Eisenhower's arrival—that is, the ministers and their swordbearers got set. As usual in August, the holidays had so depleted the supply of natives in Paris and Rome that tourists were reduced to staring at each other.

Curiously, Europe's leaders were not waiting to tell Eisenhower what to say to Khrushchev; none seemed to have any fresh ideas about that. They wanted to talk about their own problems—mostly with one another. Though European leaders seemed to favor Khrushchev's U.S. visit, it had the side effect of demoting their...