The Consequences

From the moment he proclaimed U.S. air & sea support for the reeling Koreans, Harry Truman had seen the next fateful decision marching toward him in seven-league infantry boots. At midweek he ordered the National Security Council into secret session to size up U.S. troop positions in the Far East. Before the council lay Douglas MacArthur's report that the U.S. doughfoot would have to come and come fast to South Korea if the high-sounding words of 24 hours before were to have any meaning.

It was a problem the NSC had wrestled with before. As long ago as last January,...

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