Russia: The Three Horses

Best expression of Khrushchev's current mood—amiable but implacable—is his new troika tactic. Deceptively attractive, the troika seems to promise something for everyone: a committee of three (one Communist, one Westerner, one neutral) to take over every major world problem. Why not? smiled Soviet Delegate Georgy Pushkin to the U.S.'s Averell Harriman at the Laos peace talks last week. "Troika means three beautiful horses moving smoothly in stride, pulling a sled." The catch is that the three must be unanimous, thus guaranteeing the Russians a veto at every step.

Recognizing this, President John F. Kennedy went to meet Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna...

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