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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 10, November 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date November 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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Transcript ^p There's a difference between surrendering and going to war. Combs: Is there any chance for the voice of reason to make itself heard? Buckley: Where is it? Bl RT: Congressman Combs will be beard from. Combs: In the first place, I should like to quarrel with Mr. Buckley's reading from one of the prophets, let us sa\. of the anti-Communist movement. Mr. Vi il- liam F. Buckley, Jr.. in which he refer- to the opponents of Senator McCarthy discrediting him. Of course, that is not what happened. Senator McCarthy discredited himself, and performed upon himself an injury and ei disservice which lav quite beyond the possibilities of his opponents to inflict damage. Now, the question, I lake it, is not whether Senator McCarthy should come hack hut whether he will come back. Ill RT: Completely. Combs: I am somewhat restricted in mv argument but nevertheless I'll put il in thi- wav. Ill RT: You can answer that question in the form: "Should Senator McCarth. come back." and it would be perfectly all right. CoMBS: Well, of course, he should not. There is. in my mind, no cavil about thai. However, I am now aboul to annihilate Mr. Buckley in one respect. Yes sir, I go along with Mr. Buckle) in his reference not to the satellite speech but in bis oblique reference to a previous speech made hv Senator McCarthy nn lhe question of the administration's Asian policy. It weis as destructive, as cogently reasoned and as accurate a piece of work as I believe anvone has ever delivered on the Boor e.f the I'nited States Senate — an almosl anatomical dissection of the vacillating and the wobbling of the administration's \sian policy. \nil it was, moreover, a dispassionate piece of work. Had Senator McCarthy limited himself to a work of comparable intellectual integritv during the time that he occupied the spotlight, he mighl have performed a ver) valuable service. At the present I submit that there is almost no chance whatever of his ever coming back because of two thing-: In the first place, he has. as these gentlemen have described it, he must have a climate which is favorable to his operations. That era, that day, is past. \\ ■■ had something like it in the Mitchell Palmer Red hunt days of the 1920's .unl once the hysteria died down it weis impossible to rekindle it. and about five years later all of those whn had taken the lead in that particular Red hunt began slinking around apologetically. I'm not suggesting that there is an exact analogy because I believe there to be a more real Communist menace now. or there was, than was true in the days of Mitchell Palmer. Bul it is impossible to recreate the spirit and the atmosphere in which Senator McCarthy flourished. Moreover, he can't come back ... Buckley: Thanks to McCarthy. Combs: Oh. I don't think so at all. Buckley: McCarthy has fixed it so that we shall never again have so many derelictions of the kind lhat will create the atmosphere in which he moved. COMBS: I believe his contribution to the cause of anti-communism was nil. I don't think he ever did anything. Buckley: You're quite right in saying it's never going to be that bad, thanks to McCarlhx. COMBS: I didn't sav thanks to Mc- Carthy. Thai's an interpolation of your own diplomatic thinking. RCRT: I think we should give our gue-l the opportunity, Mr. de 'toledano, to comment on the comments he has beard before going on to the nexl question which i- \er> relevant to mir topic. de TOLEDANO: I would say this, and I don't expect lo get emv agreemenl frnm George Combs, lhal Senator McCarthy ha- heen lhe target of probably the most outlandish and vicious smear campaign I've ever seen in my life, and I have seen a good many of them, having lived through the New Deal era. Secondly, I think il i- iitlerh ridiculous to say that Senator McCarth) made no contributions to the anti-Communist fight ami let's met go into all ihis nonsense about how man) -pie's eliel he turn up. Combs: Let's discuss the facts. de Toledano: No. Do you think that the only way vnu fight communism is to turn up spies? COMBS: Oh, hv no means. de Toledano: Because by that Ink.'II . . . Covins: Oh. no. de Toledano: .. .then you're the w,,r-t anti-Communist in the world, because you don't even recognize that there are spin-. I eiMi'.s: I don'l — I think you're mad. de Toledano: Well, this is the Mad Halter's lea party and we should all move nver one seat. Combs: No, I recognize and have always recognized the menace of that. Ill RT: WC're rehashing some ver. old arguments here which are very interesting to rehash, but lo summarize llii-. Professor Hodge- sa.s he has absolutely no ebanee of coming back. He won't gel any publicity. He's not in the public eye anymore. Hodces: Unless he can create that publicity. Itl'RT: Mr. Comb- -a.-, of eour-e he can't come back and Mr. de Toledano says. . . Buckley: I don'l Ihink. Mr. Hurt, that a cancer specialist who cures a case of cancer i- going to be called back b\ theit patient, is he? There's nothing left for him to do. Hodges: I don'l ihink it's heen cured. DE Toledano: I wish it had been cured. Combs: You see, there's always a fragmenting of the extreme right, of this hard core of anti-Communists which I find rather illuminating. These gentlemen, let us say, are united on a common purpose but for entirely differenl reasons. And their approach to Senator McCarthy would justify bis comeback because of entirely different grounds. Is it true that he has cured communism, or is it true that it is non-existent? What do you say, Mr. Buckley? Ill i M.l.v: Well. I would -ay il is true. Mr. Combs, that Senator McCarthy brought to the security problem a kind nf hardness and a kind ..f skepticism which needed to he brought to a security program in order to put teeth into it. I'm terribly afraid that there has been a reversion, recently, incidentally, I'm terribly afraid thai the liberal sentimentalists are gelling more powerful than they ought to. Combs: You're abandoning your clinical simile. BUCKLEY: In which case we might again in the fulure have a domestic security problem. (In the other band we have certain corpses which will he hard tn ic\ ive like Owen l.atlimiire. Kdward Pos- niak and John Carter, etc. CoMBS: I see. I would suggest that you had said the surgeon had sun ess. fully excised lhe malignant growth bul it was now metastisiz.ing again. There's a certain inconsistency in your point. Bill. Ill ( ki.ev: Quite, that's right. And if so the surgeon will he recalled. RliRT: Let's get lo this next question. Are any present investigating committees of Congress pursuing the same mean- and using methods similar to those identified with McCarthy? nr. Toledano: I would say that the congressional committees today are living under a reign of terror imposed b) the liberals who have stampeded Congress into being afraid nf anv congressional investigations of communism. On the question of McCarthy's methods, I have read reams on that and I have yet te. find '.nt wheit anybody means by McCarthy's methods. There is no set method to McCarthy and there has never heen and there never will be. COMBS: That's right. Itl'RT: Well, what is vour answer to this? BUCKLEY: With one exception I would say. Anil I would like In point nol In myself this time bul to some very shrew.I man who says, "At the heart of what is derisively called McCarthyism lies in Page 2 I FACTS FORUM NEWS, November. 1055
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