National Affairs: The Military Rests

The testimony of all the Joint Chiefs of Staff was now in—and the effect of it was four minds speaking as one.

To a man, they opposed MacArthur's plan to extend the Korean war, but they conceded that the time might come when the U.S. would have to try it. They expressed personal admiration for MacArthur, yet they backed up President Truman entirely in firing him. They agreed that the handling of the firing was bungled (Admiral Sherman had wanted to send George Marshall to Tokyo "to straighten the matter out"). They hoped that the Korean war might be ended by their...

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