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  •  I don't buy that for one minute. MacArthur was (15+ / 0-)

    an enormously popular figure and powerful military symbol.

    Harry Truman canned his ass very loudly, publicly, and thoroughly.

    Any president could do the same to anyone who reports to him.  
    He only needs the will to do so.

    He quickly fires those who are criticized by the right, without even bothering to see if the complaints have merit. But when real misconduct is present, criticized by member of his own party, he does nothing.  That is a very revealing pattern.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:01:00 AM PDT

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    •  Better link and info: (10+ / 0-)
      In April 1951,President Truman fired MacArthurand replaced him with Gen. Matthew Ridgeway. On April 11, Truman addressed the nation and explained his actions.

      He began by defending his overall policy in Korea, declaring, "It is right for us to be in Korea." He excoriated the "communists in the Kremlin [who] are engaged in a monstrous conspiracy to stamp out freedom all over the world." Nevertheless, he explained, it "would be wrong—tragically wrong—for us to take the initiative in extending the war... Our aim is to avoid the spread of the conflict."

      The president continued, "I believe that we must try to limit the war to Korea for these vital reasons: To make sure that the precious lives of our fighting men are not wasted; to see that the security of our country and the free world is not needlessly jeopardized; and to prevent a third world war."

      General MacArthur had been fired "so that there would be no doubt or confusion as to the real purpose and aim of our policy."

      MacArthur returned to the United States to a hero's welcome. Parades were held in his honor, and he was asked to speak before Congress (where he gave his famous "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away" speech).

      Public opinion was strongly against Truman's actions, but the president stuck to his decision without regret or apology. Eventually, MacArthur did "just fade away," and the American people began to understand that his policies and recommendations might have led to a massively expanded war in Asia.

      What Obama does by maintaining this liars in position is to leave no doubt or confusion as to the real purpose and aim of his intelligence goals.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:05:55 AM PDT

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    •  That was then. The Dulles boys hadn't (6+ / 0-)

      taken over yet.  They were busy defending the Bush/Walker family whose assets were seized by FDR for doing business with the Nazis.

      JFK fired Allen Dulles.

      He then had a very bad day in Dallas.

      Allen Dulles was appointed to the Warren Commission to make sure we got to the bottom of things . . . .

      Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

      by bobdevo on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 12:59:22 PM PDT

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    •  MacArthur wasn't CIA, he was military (0+ / 0-)

      Harry Truman was one of a kind, they don't make them like him very often.  He was also very pre-Kennedy.

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:57:28 PM PDT

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