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1947-1954: We struggle to preserve freedom in a dangerous world

April 11, 1951
Truman fires MacArthur, reasserts civilian control of the military

General Douglas MacArthur

General MacArthur was insubordinate and I fired him. That’s all there was to it.
–Harry S. Truman

Today, President Truman fired General MacArthur, our top field commander.

To millions of us, MacArthur’s a hero. Last year, when Communist troops overran most of South Korea, his bold tactics helped us push them back nearly all the way to China.

But MacArthur didn’t stop there. He sought war with China, and criticized Truman for seeking a cease-fire.

Truman did what he had to. Our military can have only one Commander in Chief; our Constitution says that’s the civilian president we elect.

Read about it in the New York times

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