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    Would Krushchev have made the same calculation with Nixon in the White House?

    Maybe. Maybe not.
    After the lone summit between the two, in Vienna:

    Kennedy’s aides convinced the press at the time that behind closed doors the president was performing well, but American diplomats in attendance, including the ambassador to the Soviet Union, later said they were shocked that Kennedy had taken so much abuse. Paul Nitze, the assistant secretary of defense, said the meeting was “just a disaster.” Khrushchev’s aide, after the first day, said the American president seemed “very inexperienced, even immature.” Khrushchev agreed, noting that the youthful Kennedy was “too intelligent and too weak.” The Soviet leader left Vienna elated — and with a very low opinion of the leader of the free world.
    http://www.nytimes.com/...

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    by dinotrac on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:13:02 AM PST

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