For weeks, the blister-conscious Administration let the case of John Carter Vincent hiss and steam on the back of the stove. Dean Acheson wanted to promote him from his job as U.S. Minister to Switzerland, make him Ambassador to Costa Rica. But an ambassador must be confirmed by the Senate, and the White House did not relish the prospect of another airing of Vincent's record. Items: during his years (1945-4?) as director of the State Department's Office of Far Eastern Affairs, he 1) assiduously promoted an anti-Chiang policy that played right into...

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