The Cold War: The Apple & the Orchard

Back in Moscow after three weeks in the U.S., Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko this week faces the job of reporting to his boss, Nikita Khrushchev, who in turn faces the task of mounting a big show before the forthcoming 22nd Soviet Communist Party Congress. Neither Gromyko nor Khrushchev have any real claim to success in Russia's effort to push the West out of Berlin.

With some justice, Gromyko can complain about the inscrutable Americans, for during much of last week the U.S. flickered with semiofficial hints of compromise, most of which were...

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