If you can't take the heatPosted Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at 3:34 PM
I have taken some heat lately due to my opinions on certain issues. As the old saying goes, If you can't take the heat, then stay out of the kitchen.
Well, I'm still in the kitchen as you can tell. Most of us old timers know the origin of this phrase, for you younger ones, it was Harry S. Truman, and he is the subject of this blog.
I have a great deal of respect for this bespectacled, unassuming mid-westerner who was thrust into the national scene by the death of F.D.R. One of the things about this man that has earned my respect was the plaque on his desk that to this day should be a permanent fixture on the desk of The President Of The United States. THE BUCK STOPS HERE
That is a statement that says I take all responsibility for what I do with the power the people have given me. He is both vilified and revered for his actions during the Korean Conflict with regards to General Douglas MacArthur.
The question was what to do with an enormously popular general who openly questioned your decisions as Commander In Chief. I am of course referring to the question of invading China.
Now I have never really studied this episode in American history, but it does fascinate me.
I think I understand where the general was coming from. The desire for victory and the hatred of communism. After all, he was a military man, a General.
As far as Truman, I think I might understand where he came from. The reality was that invading China was a losing proposition. We would have been out manned, out gunned, and they had a very powerful ally. Conventional warfare was out. I'm sure that there those who argued the Nuclear Option. Thankfully they never had their way. If they had, none of us most likely would be here today.
So my question today is, Is it ever right for a person in the military to question, openly, a direct order from the commander in chief? What if that person questioned the commander in chief to their peers or subordinates? What if that same person openly defied the commander in chief and refused orders? I'm sure some of you might think I have gone off the deep end for bringing up this subject in a military community, but really, where better? Who better to answer these questions?
As always, all opinions are welcome. Please try and stay on topic, and do as I'm sure your mothers taught you, keep a civil tongue.
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