National Affairs: The Gifted Amateur

Rarely since John Adams set up the U.S.'s first ministry in London had a U.S. ambassador-designate faced more difficult diplomatic beginnings than John Hay ("Jock") Whitney, 52. In the bitter aftermath of Suez, Jock Whitney, nominated last week to succeed Ambassador Winthrop Aldrich, faces the awesome task of restoring full U.S.-British concord and confidence in a country split by a new sense of its own rights and wrongs, in which the U.S. is the most convenient scapegoat.

But Jock Whitney was born and raised to be nobody's scapegoat. During 30 years in the public...

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