I learned that McCarthy was a bad man who used his power and the House Unamerican Activities Committee to blacklist good, decent, totally innocent Americans. He was evil, a drunk, a bully, a bad, bad man. That was then. Since then the Soviets themselves admit that they had a robust spy operation at State Department with highly placed people operating entire networks of spies who reported to Moscow and did their bidding, undermining our efforts and enhancing the Communist positions the world over It matters because Soviet operatives at State handed Yugoslavia to Tito, China to Mao and goaded the USA to take a hard line against the Japanese prior to Pearl Harbor. The Japanese had kicked the crap out of the Russians at the turn of the century and Moscow wanted the USA and Japan to come to blows. Between Venona and tens of thousands of pages of declassified FBI documents, we have a mountain of solid evidence and reports describing in vivid detail the extent of the Soviet penetration. All the facts, the paper trail, the confessions from Moscow confirm that Joe McCarthy got it right. At what point do you admit that you need to reevaluate what you've been taught about McCarthy?