Every day, in every way, a hypnotic feeling about a new parley at the summit transfixed and tranquilized official Washington. High Administration officials spoke wearily—if anonymously—about the summit as an inevitable and accepted fact of September, August or July. When President Eisenhower last week invited Prime Minister Macmillan to visit him in June en route from a commencement speech at Indiana's DePauw University, London newspapers billed the White House date as a "presummit" meeting.

There were few signs of hard thought about hard bargaining on hard issues to get hard concessions; instead,...

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