It is said that when President Kennedy met Chairman Khrushchev for the first time he found it a very gruelling ordeal. The young President was inexperienced, physically weak and had had a pampered progress to the Presidency. Khrushchev on the other hand was tough, experienced, wily and knew his opponents weakness. In exasperation, Kennedy is reported to have exclaimed, “The difference between your system Mr Chairman and ours is that we admit our mistakes and try and correct them. You don’t.” Without missing a beat, Khrushchev replied, “But Mr President we do admit our mistakes. We have admitted all of Stalin’s.”