THE NATION: Homeward Bound

On the surface, the news that shook the world was just as clear and final as the headlines: TRUMAN FIRES MAC ARTHUR. But for the U.S. and the rest of the West, the importance of the act lay not in the rights & wrongs of military discipline or executive authority; it lay in the issue on which two men had split.

The question was and is: Who is right about Far Eastern policy, MacArthur or the Administration? The question itself pointed the true poles of the argument, MacArthur and Secretary of State Dean Acheson. It was Secretary Acheson's view which prevailed...

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