Diplomacy: Field Trip

As not exactly everybody knows, the chief U.S. official for Latin American affairs is Jack Hood Vaughn, Assistant Secretary of State for the past six months. Vaughn's obscurity is readily explainable: his predecessor, Thomas Mann, is Lyndon Johnson's longtime Latin America expert, and even though Mann has been promoted to Under Secretary of State, it is Mann whom the President phones, not infrequently at midnight, to talk Latin America. Last week Vaughn, a onetime professional boxer and teacher who rose through the civil service to become Peace Corps administrator in Latin America and Ambassador to Panama, set about establishing...

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