The Secretary's Rebuttal

This week, behind the doors of Room 318, the Administration's formal rebuttal began. Clad in civilian dress and the civilian authority of Secretary of Defense, stern-faced General of the Army George Marshall appeared to testify.

"It is a very distressing necessity, a very distressing occasion that compels me to appear here this morning and in effect in almost direct opposition to a great many of the views and actions of General MacArthur," said Marshall. "He is a brother Army officer, a man for whom I have tremendous respect..."

Opening Broadside. With a flat, unemotional voice and sparse phrases that contrasted sharply with his...