The Course Ahead

"My proposals," said Douglas MacArthur, "stand the best chance that is possible of ending this war in the quickest time and with the least cost in blood." Under the Senators' questioning, he spelled it out in careful detail—the blockade and bombing of China, the "unleashing" of Chiang Kai-shek's forces, the conviction that a U.S. ground invasion of the China mainland would be unnecessary and wrong.

But, since other nations oppose your plan, wouldn't the U.S. have to act without United Nations support? asked Rhode Island's Democratic Senator Theodore Green.

MACARTHUR: "My hope would be of course that the United Nations would see the...

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