2019-11-24 18:33:33 UTC
Harry Truman's most paranoid fear during the Korean War wasn't an escalation
into WWIII. It was when he relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of command, and
he feared the great I-shall-return war hero would refuse to step down, and
the Chief Exec would have a military mutiny on hands. Being ever the dutiful
soldier, MacArthur obeyed. MacArthur returned to the States to a hero's
welcome and ticker-tape parades, while Truman was reviled and there were
loud demands for his impeachment on Capitol Hill. His approval rating
dropped to 23%, the lowest of any president EVER. He could only seethe as
MacArthur toured the country, making patriotic, inflammatory speeches.
He felt vindicated after what happened in France in 1958 and 1961, when the
generals refused to withdraw from Algeria and France teetered on the brink
of civil war:
Just think what might happen today if the Prez ordered action taken against
protesting war veterans like when President Herbert Hoover ordered the U.S.
Army to clear the "Bonus Army's" campsite in 1932. Army Chief of Staff Major
General Douglas MacArthur commanded a contingent of infantry and cavalry,
supported by six tanks, assisted by one Major Dwight Eisenhower. The Bonus
Army marchers with their wives and children were driven out, with two
deaths, and their shelters and belongings burned:
Try that today and the Joint Chiefs of Staff would probably confront the
President and say in effect, "Mr. (Mrs.?) President, we will no longer
follow your orders." Game over...