THE NATION: Calling the Bluff

"Recklessness" was Secretary of State Christian Herter's word as he went down the latest list of Soviet provocations with President Eisenhower at the summer White House in Newport, R.I. last week. "Recklessly irresponsible," he said publicly at his midweek press conference. The U.S. and its allies shared a growing concern: Was Nikita Khrushchev deluded by 1960 U.S. electioneering talk into thinking that he could stretch his risks until a new Administration takes over next January? Britain's Prime Minister Harold Macmillan shot off a letter telling Khrushchev, "I simply do not understand what your purpose is," warned him against the...

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