The President's Rebuttal

Harry Truman waited 48 hours to counterattack. His platform was a dinner for 1,200 delegates to a civil-defense conference at Washington's Hotel Statler. Unlike General MacArthur, he had the microphones and cameras of the nation's major radio & television networks before him.

"We are right in the midst of a big debate on foreign policy," the President said. "A lot of people are looking at this debate as if it were just a political fight. But . . . the thing that is at stake in this debate may be atomic war. Because there was an atomic explosion in the Soviet Union...

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