GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR SPEECH
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GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR SPEECH
GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR SPEECH
A dramatic piece of Cold War rhetoric delivered by a larger-than-life military officer who had just been kicked off his job by the President would seem likely to attract a lot of media attention. However, General Douglas MacArthur's Farewell Speech transcended all expectations to stand as one of the most-listened-to radio broadcasts of the 1950s. Delivered before a joint session of Congress on April 19, 1951, the speech was MacArthur's attempt to justify his call for a direct attack on China, a position which defied the stated foreign policy of the Truman Administration, and which led the President to strip the General of his Far East command. Recordings of the broadcast were widely distributed for many years after the controversy itself had cooled, with the most enduring memory of the speech its dramatic conclusion, in which MacArthur quoted the old barracks ballad, "Old Soldiers Never Die -- They Just Fade Away."
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