The Communists had found a way to beat General Ridgway's "killer" offensive: they pulled back out of range, faster than Ridgway cared to follow, and Chinese casualties due to ground action fell off sharply.

In his own good time, Ridgway was following, however, and there was some political uproar last week over whether he should or should not cross the 38th parallel. The uproar was largely meaningless, because: 1) the U.N. had already authorized MacArthur to operate anywhere in Korea, and the authorization remained valid until withdrawn; 2) for military rather than political reasons, the Joint Chiefs of Staff...

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