National Affairs: A Light on Statecraft

Patrick Hurley's resignation rampage served another purpose. It turned the beam of public interest on the State Department—and on one of its dustier aspects. As many besides Pat Hurley had long known: 1) on many points of foreign relations, particularly with China, the Department is as divided as China itself; 2) the day-to-day direction and implementation of policy is sometimes in the hands of men opposed to it.

This week Oklahoman Hurley threatened to break more diplomatic crockery and let in more light. Congressional committees vied with each other to get on...

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