General Douglas MacArthur put a firm end to all the talk. He said:
"... I have had brought to my attention a widespread public opinion that it is detrimental to our war effort to have an officer in high position on active service at the front considered for nomination for the office of President.
"I have on several occasions announced I was not a candidate for the position. ... To make my position unequivocal ... I do not covet it, nor would I accept it."
While not so forceful as General William Tecumseh Sherman's famed renunciation, this seemed equally binding. Two weeks before,...