National Affairs: Cheers & Second Looks

In the first heady aftermath of MacArthur's speech, many a Republican chorused praise ("magnificent," "tremendous") without apparently realizing all that MacArthur had said. Indiana's irascible isolationist Senator William Jenner seemed to think that MacArthur had opposed military aid to Europe: "Ex-President Hoover and the Republicans in Congress bought us 85 precious days in their fight on troops to Europe. MacArthur has bought us another, perhaps a final chance, to destroy the Administration's proCommunist, pro-Socialist foreign policy." Ohio's Senator Robert Taft, who had understood what he heard, announced that "I have long approved...

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