National Affairs: Counter-battery

During his farewell interviews with old friends in the White House press corps last week, Harry Truman managed to take a shot at an old foe. His "primary reason" for firing General Douglas MacArthur, he told United Press's Merriman Smith, was that MacArthur "wanted to involve us in an all-out war in the Far East." For more than 24 hours after this shot zinged off in the old soldier's direction, there was nothing but silence. Then, having laid his guns carefully, MacArthur sent back a whole volley. Through his aide, Major General Courtney Whitney, he issued a statement which began by...