National Affairs: Out, Swining

Out, Swinging

In his youth, as a coal miner in Oklahoma, handsome, irascible Major General Patrick Jay Hurley once killed a fractious mule by bashing its head with a two-by-four. Last week Pat Hurley, his Irish blood boiling, flailed an indecisive State Department and killed an official attitude.

In his swinging, Republican Pat Hurley violated every rule of diplomatic conduct and probably ended any chance he might have had to do any more diplomatic jobs for President Truman. But his public moment accomplished what many months of private urging had failed to do. He...