National Affairs: Clearance

The case against John Carter Vincent, the State Department careerist who played a key role in the U.S.'s disastrous China policy, had two aspects: Was Vincent a Communist? Whether he was or wasn't, did he make serious misjudgments damaging to the U.S. national interest and helpful to the Red conquest of China?

Last week the State Department once again vouched for Vincent's loyalty, and ordered him back from Washington, where he had appeared before the Senate Internal Security inquiry, to his post as U.S. minister in Tangier. The clearance was a stiff reply to both Joe McCarthy and ex-Communist Louis Budenz who...

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