National Affairs: Standards to Maintain

"There is a presumption," intoned Democratic Senator William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "that career foreign-service officers nominated for ambassadorial posts have some qualifications. There is, however, no such presumption that noncareer nominees are qualified. The burden on noncareer people is to prove to the committee that they are qualified." Arkansas' Fulbright was talking to young (33) Ogden Rogers Reid, former publisher of the New York Herald Tribune, who has been nominated by President Eisenhower as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Fulbright had every intention of using "Brownie" Reid to prove his argument that noncareer ambassadorial nominees must show...

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