At the close of as confused and sundering a week as cold-war diplomacy has seen in years came some clarity on basic points:
1. Nikita Khrushchev has lost stature. His ranting has cost him respect around the world.
2. Summitrythe notion that top men, convinced of each other's good intentions, might succeed where the ordinary processes of diplomacy failwas now discredited, perhaps for good.
3. Khrushchev's smashing of the summit and his violent abuse of the President of the U.S. were nonetheless followed by careful insistence that the Soviet Union did not want to be warlike and would postpone its demands...