Foreign Relations: A Door Left Open

To hear all the talk, Cuba had once again become just one of those balmy-breezed Caribbean isles. In Moscow, Nikita Khrushchev happily declaimed that no-indeed-Cuba-was-not-a-Soviet-defeat. In Paris, at NATO's meetings, allied nations heaped congratulations upon U.S. State Secretary Dean Rusk for the firm American action. In Washington, the Kennedy Administration broke out with holiday grins and congratulations for itself. "Something," exulted one New Frontiersman, "has gone right.''

So something has—up to a point. The Soviet missiles and bombers that were obviously able to carry nuclear war to the U.S. or Latin America have...