A No-Frills Summit

After an embarrassing flip-flop, Gorbachev will come to Washington

Franklin Roosevelt labeled Dec. 7 as a "day which will live in infamy." Last week Ronald Reagan expressed the hope that it will soon be remembered not as the date in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor but as the "day that we began the path to peace and safety in the world." After a week of bafflingly mixed signals from Moscow, the beleaguered President was able to announce that on Dec. 7 he will finally begin a long-awaited summit conference with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington.

The two leaders not only expect to sign a treaty in Washington...