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Old November 21st, 2006, 09:05 AM   #1

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MacArthur said he wanted "commander's discretion" to use atomic weapons in the Korean theater.

On December 24, the day before Christmas, he submitted a list of targets to Harry Truman which, he said, required 26 atomic bombs.

In an interview with Bob Considine and Jim Lucas in 1954, reported in the New York Times on April 9, 1964 he said:

"I would have dropped between 30 and 50 atomic bombs ... strung across the neck of Manchuria ... and spread behind us -- from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea -- a belt of radioactive cobalt ... it has a life of between 60 and 120 years. For at least 60 years there could have been no land invasion of Korea from the North."
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Macarthur was a nut case. A brilliant general but a nut cas all around. In fact, Eisenhower had him removed because of the general's ignorance and repugnance for higher authority.
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Macarthur was a nut case. A brilliant general but a nut cas all around. In fact, Eisenhower had him removed because of the general's ignorance and repugnance for higher authority.
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Macarthur was a nut case. A brilliant general but a nut cas all around. In fact, Eisenhower had him removed because of the general's ignorance and repugnance for higher authority.
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Macarthur was a nut case. A brilliant general but a nut cas all around. In fact, Eisenhower had him removed because of the general's ignorance and repugnance for higher authority.

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Macarthur was a nut case. A brilliant general but a nut cas all around. In fact, Eisenhower had him removed because of the general's ignorance and repugnance for higher authority.
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Old November 30th, 2006, 10:30 AM   #7

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WOW! 30-50? That's a lot. He certainly was insane.
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MacArthur wasn't the only one who shared the opinion that bombing the crap out of China with nuclear warheads would be a good idea. I think that modern America has a lot to learn from this history. There is a new book called Ethical Realism by Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman that explores this further. I have not yet read the book, but I heard an interview with the authors and they make some interesting points. They essentially argue that the Bush administration and future leaders should take an approach to foreign policy in some ways analogous to Truman and Eisenhower.

They argue that a combination of tough resistance, like that used to contain Soviet expansionism, and "categorical rejection of preventive war" is needed today -- "a tough strategy against al-Qaida, but with great restraint in the direct use of American force."

They essentially compare the Bush administration foreign policy to Douglas MacArthur's desire to deploy nuclear weapons - grossly reckless, careless, and indifferent to the range of possible consequences.
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