The MacArthur Hearing: The China Mission

The questioning turned to recent history and past sores: the Administration's tragic postwar China policy, and General Marshall's part in it. Hadn't that "something to do with the present prejudice [in the Administration] against General MacArthur?" asked New Jersey's Republican Alexander Smith.

MARSHALL : "I don't think that had any connection with it whatsoever." Republicans Smith and Knowland were not satisfied. They wanted to hear all about Marshall's presidential mission to China in 1945-46. Had his orders been to help bring about a coalition between the Chinese Communists and the Nationalist government? asked...