On this day. 1951: President Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur for what Truman considered insubordinate comments about the Korean War. MacArthur wanted to intensify the fight against China (which entered the war in November 1950) and POTUS refused. MacArthur's firing was controversial. The General, a World War II hero who commanded Allied forces in the Pacific, and was later put in charge of the Occupation of Japan, was very popular and many Americans disagreed with the president's decision. But Truman, who disagreed with the general's recommendation, was incensed that MacArthur made a series of public remarks that contradicted administration policy.
Quote of the day
"It sure is hell to be president." -Harry Truman
More from West Wing Reports...
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why is American internet so slow?
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Don't worry: World War III will almost certainly never happen
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- 4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier
- The Daily Show explains Hamid Karzai's 'Afghan Hustle'
- 22 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Russia's Ukraine invasion is a moral crisis
- Mitt Romney, 2016 frontrunner*
- Jimmy Fallon switches mouths with Tina Fey on The Tonight Show, and it's terrifying
Subscribe to the Week