National Affairs: For Misjudgment

Since late 1951, the loyalty of John Carter Vincent, career diplomat who helped shape the disastrous U.S. China policy of the '40s, has been under heavy attack and review. Three times a State Department board cleared him. Then, last December, President Harry Truman's own board found reasonable doubt of Vincent's loyalty (chiefly because of his proCommunist, anti-Nationalist views on China) and recommended his dismissal. Dean Acheson let the case hang over for the new Administration.

Last week Secretary of State John Foster Dulles made his decision. He found no solid case against Vincent...

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