Triumvirate of Disaster
April 12, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

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U.S. President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

"The Great Betrayal" was one of the many indignant editorials that appeared the day after President Harry S. Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur for insubordination. Note that although this was not syndicated material, a number of newspapers printed it as their own, some on their front page.

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An Editorial

The Great Betrayal

Just as he did when he abruptly ordered U.S. troops into the Korean war, just as he did when he wrote a spiteful letter to a music critic, President Truman suddenly decided to fire General MacArthur in the small dark hours of the early morning. This ill-considered and brutal decision is a betrayal of the American people. It is a betrayal of their sons who have fought and died in Korea. It is a betrayal of other American fighting men who sacrificed their lives in World War to prevent the domination of Asia by a hostile nation.

The real victims of Trumanís vindictive spite against General MacArthur are the American people. For in firing MacArthur the President has set the policy of the United States in the Far East toward surrender. The appeasers in the U.N. are already rubbing their hands in glee, while the British talk about handing over Formosa to the Communist brutes. What the President has done is to turn over the making of American foreign policy in Asia to the British, the Indians and the other frightened nations who blindly hope that by letting the Communists seize all Asia they can prevent their own surrender to the Kremlin.

The ousting of General MacArthur is the greatest victory the Communists have won in the world since the fall of China was engineered by that triumvirate of failure, Truman, Acheson and Marshall. [Sec. of State Dean Acheson and U.S. Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall] For General MacArthur has become the symbol of anti-communism in the Far East. Are the American people going to take MacArthurís dismissal lying down? We donít believe Americans will ever give up the fight to preserve their liberties and secure the interests of their country.

What can we do? We can start right now demanding day after day, week after week that the President reverse these disastrous policies of appeasement and cowardice in Asia. We can rise in spontaneous protest as 120 workers at the Consolidated Industries plant in Lafayette, In. rose when they marched angrily to the telegraph office to wire their disgust and disapproval of MacArthurís ouster. We can show our united support of General MacArthurís stand for a victory instead of a dishonorable surrender in Korea. And we can deluge Congress with demands that our views on foreign policy will prevail, that Congress force the President by its control over the purse to change his course.

It is too late to hope that impeachment proceedings, which would probably fail, can change the course of American policy. It is too late to wait for 1952. Congress and the people must act now. The President can be stopped from selling out the American people to the U.N. appeasers and the left-wing pro-Communists. He can be stopped by Congress. Through its power over appropriations Congress should now assert its control over the government of the United States and the policies of that government. Congress can and should begin at once to add to every appropriation bill strict controls on the use of the money granted, so that the President cannot continue any longer to supplant a European foreign policy for an American policy.

In the Far East and in Eastern Europe, Communist Russia has been steadily winning the cold war without firing a shot, without losing a single soldier, without spending a single ruble. Eastern Europe was sold down the river to Stalin by Roosevelt [FDR] at Yalta [Crimea] and by Truman at Potsdam. [Germany] Free China was sold down the river at Yalta also and finally handed over to the Soviets by that same triumvirate of disaster, Truman, Acheson and Marshall. Now the President seems ready to sell out Formosa [Taiwan] and North Korea to Stalinís stooges in China and the price is 60,000 American boys whose lives have been snuffed out, or whose bodies have been maimed and mangled to achieve nothing but defeat, humiliation and . . . stalemate.

Think what the people of Japan, the Philippines and Formosa must think of us now. Their future as Communist slaves is now brought closer. Their desertion by America must seem imminent. But think most of all of the American people whose sons and husbands and fathers died in World War II and in the Korean war. Have their sacrifices been in vain? Will this nation lose by cowardly appeasement everything for which these gallant men fought and bled and died?

No. This must not happen and it will not happen if the voices of the American people are raised to a mighty roar of protest today, tomorrow, the next day and every day, until the administration is forced to accede to their demands. It will not happen if the peopleís Congress does its duty by imposing a complete reversal of the Truman-Acheson-Marshall program of dishonor and disaster.


Newspapers who ran this editorial under their masthead on April 12, 1951 included:

The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana)
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) (front page)
The Star Press (Muncie, Indiana) (front page)


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Related links:

Bogey Man Tactics | The Danville Bee, May 8, 1951

Military Double-Talk Written in Blood | Robert Ruark on the Korean War (May 1951)

Truman Always Blames Another | Dorothy Thompson (Oct. 9, 1951)



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