Section One

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April 8, 1951: “Do You Have Much Trouble With Him?”
Washington Post

Herblock here depicts General Douglas MacArthur’s attempt to influence U.S. policy in the Korean War and in Asia. The previous September, MacArthur had staged a brilliant amphibious landing at Inchon, behind North Korean lines. Truman, assured by MacArthur that China would not intervene, approved an advance to the Yalu River, the objective being a unified, anti-Communist Korea.

However, within weeks, Chinese troops poured into Korea, pushing American soldiers back to the original dividing line of the thirty-eighth parallel. Truman, worried about a wider war, was now willing to accept a divided Korea. MacArthur publicly dissented, revealing to a member of Congress his plans for a more extensive war, which included the use of atomic bombs on the Chinese border and employing Chinese Nationalist troops commanded by Chiang Kai-shek. Four days after this cartoon appeared, Truman relieved MacArthur of his command.