National Affairs: A Yellow Light

Speaking from that eminently dignified platform of public expression, the letters-to-the-editor column of the New York Times, five distinguished retired U.S. diplomats issued a sharp and unusual warning this week. Subject of the warning: the "sinister results" of McCarthyism on the conduct of the U.S. Foreign Service. The nation may. they suggested, be "laying the foundations of a Foreign Service competent to serve a totalitarian government rather than the Government of the United States as we have heretofore known it."

The letter did not mention Senator McCarthy's name but it was obviously an attack on his methods and philosophy and those of...

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