THE CABINET: Overture to Moscow

Since the Russian Embassy in Washington was vacated by the last Imperial envoy, 16 years have passed. In 1919 a favorable report on Bolshevik Russia by a young diplomat named William Christian Bullitt was rejected by Woodrow Wilson in Paris; no one believed Bullitt when he insisted that the Bolsheviks would remain in power. A roly-poly Russian named Maxim Maximovich Litvinov was refused a visa when Lenin appointed him Soviet Ambassador to the U. S.

Nonrecognition of Russia was almost the only Wilson policy to survive the Harding landslide. It deviated sharply...

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