In the Page One furor about Senator Joe McCarthy's "blockade by subpoena," there was a rapid changing of tunes last week. Originally, the Wisconsin Senator boldly announced that he had succeeded where the State Department had failed: his investigating subcommittee had "negotiated" an agreement with Greek shipowners to prevent 242 merchant vessels from carrying cargoes to Communist ports. In answer, Mutual Security Director Harold Stassen boldly told McCarthy that he was "undermining" the State Department. Then the rewriting began.

With an air of "we'll see about this," McCarthy asked Secretary of State John Foster Dulles for an appointment. Dulles invited...

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