In the tons of coverage and commentary out of Paris last week, the most overworked cliché was: "Khrushchev overplayed his hand.'' This implied a general agreement that the U.S. had dealt him a strong hand to play—at least for propaganda's sake. Some of the U.S.-dealt high cards:

The Question of Timing. The value of U-2 surveillance over Russia had been established by results (see Defense), but the question of whether to overfly Soviet territory just before the summit should have been weighed and debated at highest levels. It was not. Pilot Francis Gary...

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