THE NATION: Clear the Track

Within a matter of hours last week, the nation's whole military posture changed.

The most dramatic news of improvement came from Korea. After 83 days of defeat, retreat and dogged defense on the Pusan perimeter, General MacArthur threw a mixed corps of soldiers and marines into an assault on the Communist-held Korean capital of Seoul—a strike which might well shorten the Korean war by months (see WAR IN ASIA). Washington, also, had its Page One reports of a change for the better. Defense Secretary Louis Johnson was fired by an irate President, and General of the Army George Catlett Marshall came...

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