NATIONAL DEFENSE: The Antimilitarist

In smearing General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, apologists for Harry Truman try hard to paint the MacArthur firing as a reassertion of civilian authority over the "military mind." This week, in a bylined article in the January American Legion Magazine, MacArthur himself fires a major broadside at the pretensions of some professional military men and urges a bigger role for the citizen soldier (as distinguished from the professional) in the U.S. Army.

"The tendency has existed—as it still exists—to regard [the citizen soldier] as an auxiliary rather than the main pillar supporting our national military strength," writes MacArthur. "Only...

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