Writing to House Minority Leader Joseph William Martin Jr. of Massachusetts, General Douglas MacArthur argued for expanding the war against communism in Asia. MacArthur advocated military victory, which contradicted President Harry S. Truman’s plan to contain communism with a negotiated peace. Martin read the letter aloud on the House floor on April 5, 1951. Six days later, the president fired MacArthur.
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