National Affairs: The Vincent Case

Last week Dean Acheson flatly refused to dismiss Career Diplomat John Carter Vincent, the Old China Hand whose loyalty has been found in "reasonable doubt" by the President's Loyalty Review Board (TIME, Dec. 29). In a long memo to Harry Truman, the Secretary of State argued that he could not fire Vincent, as the LRB recommended, until he had "further guidance."

The LRB verdict, said Acheson, left him confused and disturbed. The board had neither "accepted nor rejected" but had "taken into account" 1) testimony by ex-Communist Louis Budenz who said that Vincent was...