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that time. And I thought so, not only in terms of the specific
issue that was before us, namely Hoover and Martin, but I saw Hoover
as a danger to American democracy generally, and if there was anybody
who could contain that danger at that time, it was Martin.
But I couldn't get that point over. That's my problem, I
never, in a group like that, I stumble over my ideas, you know, and
I can't communicate them with the simple directness that more
successful people in group discussions can. I get involuted--I
mean, one idea gets involved with some number of other ideas and
what not, and by the time I try to untangle them, the decision is
being made on more simple grounds.
Another example of the attempt to be self-critical -- which
does not mean that I'll change.
Going back to your work with Foreign Service operations,
studies -- were you aware at the time you were looking into this
problem of bringing in minorities, so few of them could possibly
pass this very tough examination --
--and not necessarily relevant to the task, by the way.
-- that the Foreign Service had at times, or at least at one
time, to my knowledge, brought persons into the career service
without putting them through the written exam/?
-- sure --
-- but putting them through another kind of an oral?
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