Truman vs. MacArthur

May 8, 1951 — The Bee

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U.S. President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

President Truman’s public feud with General Douglas MacArthur was the topic of this editorial in a Danville, Virginia newspaper.

Truman had fired MacArthur from commanding armed forces in Korea on April 11, 1951.

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Bogey Man Tactics

President Truman must be naive if he thinks that the country will be panicked into a condemnation of General MacArthur by painting a picture of atom bombs raining on American cities as result of the MacArthur formula for Korea being carried. The danger of Russian atom warfare is no greater today than it has been for the past and no matter what General MacArthur advocates neither minimizes nor magnifies the danger of a nuclear visitation.

Making a speech to the nation in which he holds up the bogey man of frightfulness in what is obviously a political fight between these two men is not warranted by the facts. President Truman himself, when he told the country a long time ago [Nov. 30, 1950 press conference] that General MacArthur could use the atom bomb in Korea any time he wanted without asking anybody about it, was a far more shocking act of provocation to Russia than anything the general has done or proposes.


Related links:

Rep. Thomas J. Lane Defends Korean War Veterans (1952 Speech in Congress)

Many Things Contribute to Mistrust of Truman | The Chester Times, July 17, 1951

Cliches | The Times Record, October 8, 1952

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