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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-22-10 09:36 AM
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"Why did President Truman dismiss General MacArthur?"
Edited on Tue Jun-22-10 09:43 AM by hedgehog
"In 1951, President Truman and his advisors were preparing to engage North Korea and China in peace negotiations, in an attempt to resolve the ongoing conflict. General Douglas MacArthur, the commander of the U.N. forces in Korea, issued an unauthorized statement containing a veiled threat to expand the war into China if the Communist side refused to come to terms. When MacArthur continued to support an expansion of the war, communicating directly with a like-minded Republican congressman, Truman, with the backing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the Secretaries of State and Defense, felt they had no alternative but to replace MacArthur with a military commander who would act in concert with the administrations foreign policy. On April 11, 1951, President Truman relieved MacArthur of his command."

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http://www.trumanlibrary.org/trivia/macarth.htm

Something I had no idea of:

"The US came closest to using atomic weapons in April 1951, when Truman removed MacArthur. Although much related to this episode is still classified, it is now clear that Truman did not remove MacArthur simply because of his repeated insubordination, but because he wanted a reliable commander on the scene should Washington decide to use nuclear weapons; Truman traded MacArthur for his atomic policies. On 10 March 1951 MacArthur asked for a "D-Day atomic capability" to retain air superiority in the Korean theatre, after the Chinese massed huge new forces near the Korean border and after the Russians put 200 bombers into airbases in Manchuria (from which they could strike not just Korea but also US bases in Japan). (14) On 14 March General Vandenberg wrote: "Finletter and Lovett alerted on atomic discussions. Believe everything is set."

http://hnn.us/articles/9245.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvbD3Y38gkU
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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-22-10 09:38 AM
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1. I guess Truman knew what to do...nt
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