But avoiding political blame for "losing Russia" does not constitute a diplomatic triumph.
It was a diplomatic triumph, but one that many American officials would come to rue.
Over all, the effort to achieve consensus was a diplomatic triumph.
But Mr. Bush could also end up with a diplomatic triumph, one he needs desperately.
Despite not winning militarily, the Russians may have scored a diplomatic triumph.
In addition, diplomats say China worked very hard for diplomatic triumphs that would gain it new legitimacy.
The summit was initially seen as a diplomatic triumph.
This is an impressive diplomatic triumph, turning a crisis into a chance for peace.
From diplomatic triumph, suddenly this one crazed act had destroyed everything.
Disaster may have been avoided, but no diplomatic triumph is yet in sight.