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So good to see you, General. Finally returned, but a little late.
So good to see you. Thank you.
Get me some more shots of these people.
Hello, sonny. Aah.
You know, I've got a boy at home just about your size.
I have. Here we are.
Nice going, General.
Survivors of the death march are in here.
General, you really made it back.
Oh, I'm never gonna forget this.
We're long overdue, sir. Long overdue. It's okay.
We knew you'd come back, sir. We knew you wouldn't forget us. Thank you.
We're a little late. I'm sorry.
Colonel Fox here, sir. We're sure glad to see you, sir.
We're a little late. I'm sorry. Yes, sir.
General? General?
General?
Thank God you're here.
We're long overdue. Long overdue.
- Pedro! - Yes, sir.
I'm sorry I'm so unpresentable, sir.
You never looked so good to me, Castro.
Ladies and gentlemen,
if you've ever had a load of hay fall on you,
then you know how I feel right now.
I don't know if any of you pray, but if you do, you could pray God to help me.
Good luck, Mr. President.
I wish you didn't have to call me that.
I never felt so out of place in all my life.
Here is the caisson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
now making the turn off of 15th Street...
into Pennsylvania Avenue.
God give me strength to do this.
And there is the flag-draped coffin.
The horses with black blankets under their saddles.
The horses on the right side,
unmounted.
And it's moving ever so slowly...
as the crowd stands...
to pay their last respects...
to the man who was their leader, their commander in chief,
their friend.
Mr. President. Hello, General.
We need your authorization. What have you got?
Well, the President...
Mr. Roosevelt never told me.
They never told me.
We spent months of staff time,
tens of millions of dollars in preparation...
for the greatest invasion in history,
and when we're primed and ready,
they send an air force officer...
to tell me they've constructed this-this apparatus!
General, what happens if it doesn't work?
What happens if it does?
Yes?
Excuse me.
Admiral Halsey, the representatives are all on board, sir.
The British commander of Singapore has just been released from a prison camp.
Percival. Good, good. What about that Russian fellow?
General Derevyanko. He's here.
What gall!
The Soviets declared war after we'd won it, and now they want to horn in on the surrender.
There's someone else here too, sir.
General.
Jim.
General. Jim!
I'm so glad to see you.
General Wainwright, I don't think you know Admiral Halsey.
Welcome aboard, sir. Thank you, sir.
Jonathan. Good to see you. Yes, of course.
And Admiral Nimitz.
General. Admiral.
Come and sit down, Jim.
I'm sorry. No, don't talk like that.
I've disgraced you and the army. You have not. That's not true.
We were starving. You don't have to say anything, Jim.
I had to shoot my horse.
I realize they'll never restore me to active duty.
That's not true, Jim. You can have whatever you want.
Command of a corps. That's all I want.
Your old corps is yours whenever you're ready, General.
Sid. Yes, sir?
What did I do with Jean's pen?
Here we go, sir.
We are gathered here,
representatives of the major warring powers,
to conclude this solemn agreement whereby peace may be restored.
The issues have been determined upon the battlefields of the world...
and hence are not for our discussion or debate.
The representative of the emperor ofJapan,
and of theJapanese Imperial general headquarters,
now sign the instrument of surrender.
General Sutherland, will you show him where to sign, please?
The supreme commander of the Allied powers...
will now sign on behalf of all the nations at war with Japan.
Will Generals Percival and Wainwright come forward, please?
The representative of the United States of America will now sign.
The representative of the Republic of China will now sign.
The representative of the United Kingdom will now sign.
The representative of Canada will now sign.
The representative of France...
The representative of Australia will now sign.
The representative of the Netherlands will now sign.
The representative of New Zealand will now sign.
The representative of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics...
will now sign.
Today...
the guns are silent.
A great tragedy has ended.
I speak...
for the thousands of silent lips forever stilled...
among the jungles and the beaches...
and in the deep waters of the Pacific...
which marked the way.
I pray...
that an omnipotent Providence...
will summon all persons of goodwill...
to the realization of the utter futility of war.
We have known the bitterness of defeat,
the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned...
that there can be no turning back.
We must go forward to preserve in peace...
what we won in war.
The destructiveness of the war potential...
through progressive advances in scientific discovery...
has in fact now reached a point...
which revises the traditional concept of war.
War...
the most malignant scourge...
and greatest sin of mankind...
can no longer be controlled, only abolished.
We are in a new era.
If we do not devise...
some greater and more equitable means...
of settling disputes between nations...
Armageddon will be at our door.
We have had our last chance.
Court, I want you to tell Washington that I'm transferring food...
and medical supplies to theJapanese authorities.
- Yes, sir. - The next priority is to get those men home,
get them to work rebuilding this country.
I don't know.
In terms of communication, transport, industrial plant, there isn't any country.
Yeah, well, they'll have to build a new one.
A new Japan with new ideas...
but preserving the best of the old. Yes, sir.
All of our troops will be judged by me...
for their conduct as men and as soldiers.
I want them to understand that the Japanese...
must be treated with courtesy and respect.
Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon...
all failed as occupiers of conquered countries...
because of the harshness of their policies.
I do not intend to fail.
We're coming up on the palace now.
I wonder whether it wouldn't be a good idea...
to summon the emperor to explain your policies.
Show of authority to the Japanese people.
No. After a lifetime of studying the Oriental mind,
I can tell you that I must not directly challenge...
the authority of the emperor.
He lives there in that palace across that moat, half god, half king.
His decrees limit the degree of each man's freedom.
His word is absolute.
The time will come when Hirohito, of his own volition,
will cross that moat and come to me,
and that will mark the beginning of the end...
of his absolute power over the Japanese people.
Good morning, sir. Good morning, Court.
Morning, gentlemen. I've been going over these additional suggestions...
from the State Department on the occupation.
I have to work them in with our own task force recommendations.
General Marquat, what's happening with land reform?
The landowners are having difficulty with their tenant farmers.
Oh, they are? I don't want to ever hear the word "tenant farmer" again.
I want these privileged landowners stripped of their holdings.
We'll break up these great estates. Yes, sir, but...
They've been squeezing the farmers dry far too long.
But, sir, they're very strong.
They may not be as strong as they think.
And the right-wing industrialists are the fellows who led this country to ruin.
I want them expunged.
"Expunged,"sir? Don't you think that you...
All in the best possible legal language, of course.
I want to see a labor movement take root.
Labor movement? That's right.
The workers must have a strong voice in the means of production.
General, pardon me, but this reminds me somewhat of...
Well, it's like... Like what?
Like the New Deal.
Ah. Well, this is Japan, not America.
But considering her fascist past...
it might be good to move her just a little left of center, don't you agree?
Yes, sir. Of course, we wouldn't call it the New Deal.
No, sir.
Now...
Japanese women. What about them?
They must be given the vote.
The men are not gonna like that. Neither did our men at first.
General, I'm sorry, but it's too much to expect a feudal country likeJapan...
to swallow a whole new constitution in one gulp.
Their cabinet will never go for it.
The old cabinet wouldn't, but we've yet to hear from the new prime minister.
And may I congratulate you on your appointment, Mr. Shidehara.
Thank you.
General, I extend to you my gratitude...
for the penicillin your medical services made available to me.
It aided me in recovering from a serious illness.
Happy to be of assistance.
Diseases are conquered, sir...
even very old epidemic diseases.
Yes? Sometimes, though...
the cure is slow and painful.
Yes, of course.
Is there some particular difficulty?
General, our new constitution...
must forbid any military establishment in Japan whatsoever.
There must not be an army...
a navy or an air force.
We must renounce now and forever...
the use of force as an instrument of national power.
- Mr. Prime Minister, I can only... - Please. Hear me out.
Of course.
In this way...
and only this way...
can we eliminate forever...
the power of the militarists.
Only in this way...
can we reassure the world that Japan...
no longer has warlike design against any people.
We are a poor country...
with 70 million person to feed and clothe.
We cannot afford armaments.
We cannot afford the trapping of power.
And never, never again can we suffer...
Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Let us renounce war, sir.
Please.
Let us renounce war in the new constitution...
and forever.
Mr. Shidehara...
no man detests war...
more than this soldier.
My abhorrence for it reached its height...
with the development of the atom bomb.
No man, sir, could be more moved by your offer...
or more determined to accept it.
It's damned embarrassing.
I've been telling Congress for months we need 400,000 men in Japan.
MacArthur holds a press conference, says he can make do with half that number.
General, did he clear this with you? No, sir.
There's been some misunderstanding. Not by me there isn't.
I invited MacArthur to come home. I wanted to discuss occupation policy with him,
and I expected him to back up our position before the congressional committees.
So I held out the big carrot to him.
I told him we'd set up a series of welcome-home demonstrations and a joint session of congress.
You know what he replied?
He said he thought the situation was just too dangerous there for him to come home right now.
He was just too busy. That's what he said to the president of the United States, damn it!
General Derevyanko, I must say...
I've missed you.
Only short visit to Moscow, a meeting with my superiors,
a holiday on Caspian Sea with family.
Good. I was afraid that Stalin had had you shot.
No, no. Why do you say that?
Would Truman have you shot?
Sometimes I wonder.
General, it's come to my attention that several hundreds of thousands...
of Japanese prisoners fell into your hands...
in the closing days of the war.
You understand that the Japanese authorities...
and my own superiors as well are pressing me for an accounting.
Ah, we have some small numbers of enemy troops in our hands, that is true.
But I can assure that in this matter, as you know,
my government will abide by the decisions of the Potsdam Conference.
Yes. When will they be repatriated?
Soon.
In that connection, my government is making plans...
for the occupation of Hokkaido Island.
Hokkaido Island is occupied. It is under my command.
The Soviet Union is a coequal ally.
It is my government's intention...
to occupy Hokkaido on its own behalf.
As the supreme commander, I represent all Allied powers.
We are fully prepared to commence our rightful occupation...
whether you permit or not.
You see, the terms of my command are absolute.
This is not Germany.
I will not countenance separate spheres of influence or occupation...
of the home islands of Japan as long as I'm in command.
Well, then, sir, my government...
will insist upon a new supreme commander.
If the day comes when Soviet troops...
attempt to land on Japanese soil without my expressed consent...
I will throw the entire Soviet delegation in Tokyo into jail.
Including you...
General Derevyanko.
I believe you would.
And I believe this is where you get off.
As the historic changes continue to transform Japanese life...
it was becoming evident this week that the women of Japan...
were winning their fight to end family contract marriages,
the right to equal cigarette and sake rations,
and the right to vote.
Dress fashions are not the only thing that have changed radically.
In the newly established election, 13 million women went to the polls,
and in an unprecedented sweep, elected 38 women lawmakers...
to the house of representatives.
I regret to say something terrible has happened.
A prostitute, Your Excellency,
has been elected to house of representative.
- Prostitute? - How many votes did she receive?
256,000.
She must have an unusually loyal clientele.
Now after two and a half years of painstaking work...
the war crimes trial in Tokyo comes to an end.
As America prepares for another presidential election year...
Japan celebrates 1948...
with the first anniversary of its new constitution.
Mmm... not these.
I think this one's the best. I thought you might like that one.
That's fine.
Court, what time is it in Wisconsin?
- I can never figure out... - Polls closed an hour ago, and I wish I had been there.
- I would have had one of these on every lamppost. - No, you don't, Vic.
No electioneering within 50 feet of the candidate.
Why, General, you're not a candidate. Just another available citizen.
Excuse me, General, but I'm from Wisconsin,
and my folks are voting for you.
Matter of fact, I would be, too, only I'm not old enough. Well, thank you, son.
All the precincts?
This just came in on the wire.
You only won eight delegates.
Eight delegates out of 27.
It's their loss, General.
You would have made a great president.
Well...
what's on the calendar for today?
Here's to four more years, Mr. President!
Hear! Hear!
Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again
All together shout it now
There's no one who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now Happy days...
Roaring their approval here at the 1949 Tokyo World Series.
The Giants are the heavy favorites this year.
Meanwhile, as the Japanese economy continued its painful but steady recovery...
the mood of the nation began to reflect the growing cultural change.
Yes? General, I'm sorry to disturb you at this late hour.
We have a dispatch from South Korea.
The North Koreans have struck in great strength across the boundary at the 38th parallel.
In great strength? Yes, sir.
Assemble the staff. I'll be there presently.
Why, General, what's happened?
One last gift to an old warrior.
My fellow Americans, tonight we face a serious situation.
On the advice of the best military minds I could muster,
I have decided to commit United States ground forces to the Korean peninsula.
We are not at war.
Acting in concert with our United Nations allies,
we are engaged in a police action to counteract...
a bandit raid into South Korea by North Korean Communists.
Would you like to use my binoculars, sir?
No, thank you.
I've seen all I have to see.
General, what happens next, sir?
My father was asked that same question...
when he found himself surrounded in the Civil War.
He said, "The situation is simple and apparent.
"The enemy is closing on me from three sides,
and my plan is to fight like hell."
Now with the threat of annihilation temporarily forestalled,
MacArthur pays a worried visit to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek,
leader of the Nationalist Chinese on Formosa.
Son of a bitch, that's a goose step they're doing.
Here it is felt the foundation is being constructed...
for Sino-American military cooperation.
Damn it! Didn't we send MacArthur to Formosa to do just the opposite?
Call off Chiang and tell him he couldn't send his troops into mainland China or anywhere?
We didn't send him over there to forge his own personal alliances.
Hell, that sounds like we're concluding some kind of mutual defense treaty.
Mr. Secretary, I want you to radio a message to His Majesty MacArthur.
What's the matter with them back there?
Have they lost their nerve? I know all about Chiang.
If he had two horns and a tail...
we should use him as long as he's anticommunist.
We can reform him later.
It's my destiny to defeat Communism,
and only God or those Washington politicians will keep me from doing it.
You didn't read this one, did you?
It's a letter to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
"Nothing could be more fallacious than the threadbare argument...
"by those who advocate appeasement and defeatism in the Pacific...
"that if we defend Formosa, we alienate continental Asia.
Signed, Douglas MacArthur."
You hear that? Appeasement. Defeatism.
That's me he's talking about. Alvin, can you explain why he's done this?
No, Mr. President, I'm afraid I can't.
Did any of you know in advance this letter was gonna be printed?
I want it withdrawn right now.
Good morning, General. Whitney.
I haven't seen that pipe in a long time.
In looking over your positions this morning, General Walker,
I saw that plans are afoot to conduct retrograde movements and abandon the perimeter.
Effective immediately, these plans will be scrapped.
The present line will be held.
We don't have any perimeter, General. Just a few scattered strong points.
As soon as I put out one fire, another two get started.
I know that you're outnumbered in this thing, but sending you more troops...
so you can hang on to this little corner of Korea...
is not good enough.
Well, I'll settle for a regimental combat team.
Can't do it, Walt. We need every man we've got.
General Shepherd...
is putting together an overwhelming amphibious assault on Inchon.
- Inchon? - In one stroke, it'll cut across the enemy's rear,
sever his supply lines and isolate all of his forces south of Seoul.
Without munitions, supplies, communications,
the North Koreans will be paralyzed.
Inchon is the worst... Then you can break out of that corner,
move north and overpower them.
I think that Inchon will finish the North Koreans.
- What? - It'll never be approved.
Inchon has some of the highest tides in the world,
but only once a month do they reach a height...
sufficient for our largest landing craft to go in.
There are maybe two three-hour periods...
when MacArthur can put troops ashore.
Which is not enough time for a major amphibious landing.
Exactly. This is little more than a trench in the mudflats.
If every possible handicap were listed, Inchon has them all.
However, gentlemen, MacArthur claims that these very handicaps are what he's counting on.
He feels that the enemy won't believe that anyone...
would try to surmount such obstacles.
The element of surprise will be his most valuable ally.
What do you think of His Majesty's plan?
It's daring, it's brilliant and it's dangerous.
Court, you remember I once said,
"The bullet has not yet been cast with my name on it"?
I certainly do.
Inchon could be that bullet.
There's 70,000 men out there...
waiting to hit Inchon.
As of this moment, the president has not personally approved this mission.
The last communication I had from the Joint Chiefs...
said that he'd been "informed."
He vacillated, delayed.
Finally gave begrudging permission...
to proceed here.
Powerful enemies, Court.
Who advised Truman that I was insubordinate when I visited Chiang Kai-shek?
Who persuaded him to force me...
to withdraw my letters to the Veterans of Foreign Wars?
Who are those who seek to humiliate me and undermine my authority?
The Communists and their fellow travelers in the British Foreign Office.
If Inchon fails, they will have a jubilee.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff approved this invasion because your arguments were valid.
Yes, they were valid.
But if the enemy is ready with a superior force...
we will not be able to disengage...
without suffering enormous losses.
We could lose this entire fleet.
This date could be marked as one of the greatest military tragedies in American history.
General, I don't think for one... Are you surprised, Court?
I'm sharing my doubts with you after all these years.
Did you think I was invulnerable?
- It just came in. We've got Wolmi-do Island. - What?
- Wolmi-do is ours. - It took my boys 58 minutes.
Ho ho! Ha ha!
Good work, General Shepherd. Good work.
I'll be the first to admit it.
He did a hell of a job, and here's to him. Hear, hear.
What's the matter, Alvin? Don't you like the taste of victory?
Bourbon's not bad, either.
Yes, Inchon is a masterstroke. Damn right it is.
Now that's what I call "generaling."
I've heard that the North Koreans have turned tail and are running for home.
It's not the North Koreans I'm worried about.
Mr. Panika, the Indian ambassador to Peking,
informs us that any American troops above the 38th parallel...
will provoke an intervention by the Chinese.
Yesterday we monitored this very same warning over Radio Peking.
We've heard that sort of thing before. How serious are they?
Frankly, we don't know.
What's MacArthur say about it? He's not worried.
He's calling it political blackmail. He's probably right.
Mr. President, let's watch our step. If we expand the war in Korea to include Red China,
we're up against the Soviets, A-bomb and all.
Alvin. You go on ahead to Wake Island. Make the usual preparations.
I think it's time I had a talk with General MacArthur.
I've never met the man. Yes, sir.
Wake Island, Mr. President.
By golly, that was quick.
How about one of you fellas radio on ahead?
See if the big general's there.
The president should be greeted. He shouldn't be the greeter.
I don't see him, Mr. President.
They probably had a little trouble getting him down off his cross.
Wait a minute. There he is. That son of a bitch isn't in uniform, he's in costume.
I don't know why it is an old man like that, and a five-star general to boot,
has to run around dressed up like a 19-year-old second lieutenant.
I'll tell you one thing, if he was an officer in my outfit...
I'd bust him so fast he wouldn't know what happened.
And making me wait.
He can do that to Harry Truman, but not to his commander in chief.
General, I've been a long time meeting you.
I hope it won't be so long next time. So do I.
General Bradley. MacArthur.
Bess sent along a plum cake for the missus.
How very thoughtful. Thank you, sir.
And how are Mrs. Truman and your daughter?
They're fine. Just fine, thank you.
General, I've read a little...
military history, and it's a pleasure to congratulate you on your success at Inchon.
That was the work of a master strategist.
Thank you, Mr. President. Coming from you, that's a real tribute.
And I'd like to apologize for any misunderstanding raised by my trip to Formosa.
Don't think any more about that. I understand your feelings.
I was a captain in Battery D in World War I,
and that was the center of the war effort for me.
Perhaps you should have stayed in the army.
Nope, I don't think so.
I've heard it's a bad idea for army men to dabble in politics.
Mr. President, you know that I'm not involved in politics in any way.
I did let the politicians make a chump out of me in the '48 elections.
If a general is going to be running against you,
his name will be Eisenhower, not MacArthur.
Eisenhower?
That man doesn't know as much about politics as a pig does about Sunday.
Uh, General...
I came over here to listen to your ideas...
on the rehabilitation of postwar Korea.
Mind if I smoke, Mr. President?
No, I suppose I've had more smoke blown in my face than any man alive.
The formal resistance, I believe...
should end in Korea by Thanksgiving.
And now that we've authorized military operations above the parallel,
do you include North Korea in that estimate? Yes, I do.
By the time I'm finished, we should have the entire peninsula under control.
General, you do understand the limitations on your directive...
from the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
No military operations beyond the Chinese and Soviet borders...
and no American troops near those borders.
Yes, I believe I understand that directive fully...
and our boys should be home by Christmas, Mr. President,
provided that Red China stays out of the conflict.
Well, I'm glad to hear that, General.
I've got the whole United Nations on my back.
A couple dozen members have got troops under you in Korea,
and the bunch of them are scared stiff that we're pushing them into World War III.
There's no doubt that Stalin's pact with Mao Tse-tung...
pledges that the Soviet A-bomb backs the Chinese if we should tangle with them.
You mentioned Chinese intervention. Is there any chance of that?
Mr. President, you must have...
more complete intelligence on that matter than I have.
- Anything that I would say would be purely speculative. - Of course.
I'm sure that you also realize that...
any question involving China...
requires a political evaluation, not simply a military one.
Our intelligence on the Chinese is limited.
They're believed to have about 300,000 men in Manchuria,
but I doubt they could get more than 50,000 across the Yalu River.
They'd be highly vulnerable to our air attacks.
So in my opinion, the chances of Red intervention...
are minimal.
And if they were to try to get down to the parallel,
they'd be walking into disaster, a crushing defeat.
Well, I've, uh... I've never had a more satisfactory conference...
since I've been president.
General MacArthur is a member of the government of the United States,
and he's loyal to that government and to the United Nations,
and he's loyal to the president and his foreign policy,
and he's confident that the fighting in Korea will soon be over.
Hey! What the hell is this?
Turkey! Real turkey!
What'd you expect, shithead? It's Thanksgiving.
Best thing about Thanksgiving is eating white meat!
I tell you, if I had my way...
General Bradley called me at 6:15 this morning with a message from General MacArthur.
He says there are 260,000 Chinese out there against him.
He says he's stymied.
Says he has to go over on the defensive.
It isn't a matter of a few volunteers. The Chinese have jumped in with both feet.
Well, what are they saying about me in Washington?
Sir, to be candid about it, they think you walked into a Chinese trap.
That was a deliberate misunderstanding.
The defeat of the North Koreans was decisive.
In the face of this victory, the Chinese Communists...
have committed the most offensive act of international lawlessness in history!
We are now facing a new, fresh,
highly trained army!
What does Truman mean by calling this a "police action"?
Isn't it a fact that the casualties are mounting daily?
This "police action"...
has almost destroyed the Korean nation.
For what?
I've seen as much blood and disaster as any man now living.
Every time I come out of here...
I could just... just be sick!
It curdles my stomach.
Does he intend to let this go on?
By what sophistry of reason?
Sir, he has the Russians to consider...
and our allies.
General Bradley feels the same way.
He says that a war with China would be the wrong war...
at the wrong time in the wrong place and with the wrong enemy.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff.
I requested permission to bomb the Chinese airfields in Manchuria.
The request was denied.
I requested permission for hot pursuit of enemy aircraft...
into their privileged sanctuary above the Yalu.
That request was denied.
I requested permission to bomb the Yalu bridges to keep the Chinese out of Korea.
They said,
you might bomb...
the southern half of the bridges only.
In my 50 years of military service...
I have never learned how to bomb half a bridge!
It's the most imbecilic order ever given to a commander in the field.
This...
is appeasement.
Unless some positive and immediate action can be taken,
we should withdraw our forces to Japan.
Forgive me, sir, but...
there are some of those back home who believe...
that it's possible to regain the offensive without...
well, without danger of widening the war.
Without widening the war?
Well, the 8th Army is Ridgway's now. He can do what he likes.
It won't do any good.
For the first time in military history...
a commander has been denied the use of his military power...
to safeguard the lives of his soldiers and the safety of his army.
It leaves me with a sense of inexpressible... shock.
Well, hallelujah. Matt Ridgway's retaken Seoul. What'd I tell you?
I wish I could celebrate...
but the war hasn't been won.
The battle lines roll up and down, up and down.
Victory nowhere in sight.
This isn't war. It's half war.
It's an immoral compromise with evil.
There's more than dust settling in Korea, Sid.
It's American blood.
Yes, sir.
Oh, the head of the United Kingdom mission wants an appointment with you, sir.
What does he want?
He's worried that we're getting desperate in Korea,
and we'll use the bomb. Huh!
Probably more worried about protecting British profits in Hong Kong...
than in saving lives in Korea. I'll shift his appointment, sir.
Excuse me, General. We just got word that Washington wants you...
to stop all offensive operations immediately.
What?
They want to affect a political rather than a military solution.
They're planning to draft a cease-fire proposal.
They ask for any recommendations you may have for minor adjustments...
along your battle lines to consolidate your position for adequate defense.
"Minor adjustments"? What are they talking about?
Why should I recommend anything? This is total capitulation!
Well, sir, in view of Truman's feeling, you want to substitute your policy for his.
I couldn't substitute my policy for Mr. Truman's,
because Mr. Truman doesn't have a policy!
Fine, sir. Why don't you let me notify them that you're taking the proposals under study...
No. I have a better idea.
We'll send a message to the Chinese commander.
Put it on all the wire services. I want maximum exposure.
Sir, you have been specifically prohibited from issuing any statements.
Sir, that is a direct order from the president.
And that is part of a dangerous concept...
that men of the armed forces owe their primary allegiance...
to these temporary occupants of the White House,
instead of to the country and the Constitution we're sworn to defend!
I ought to kick his insubordinate ass right in the Sea of Japan.
The lousiest trick he's pulled. I travel 14,000 miles to reach an understanding face-to-face,
and he still thinks he can do what he damn well pleases. Can you imagine?
He actually sent a message to the Chinese threatening to destroy their forces...
unless they were to negotiate a solution with him personally.
You know, there's a story...
where Abe Lincoln was trying to mount a horse that was skittish,
and the horse kicked a hind hoof into the stirrup.
So Lincoln says to him, "If you're gonna get on, I'll get off."
Well, I'm not getting off.
I think Roosevelt should have pulled Wainwright out of Corregidor...
and left that five-star brass hat MacArthur there to be the martyr.
What shall I do with the cease-fire proposal?
Scrap it. I can't approach the Chinese on any political basis, not after this.
That man's trying to start World War III, and I'm trying to prevent it.
I'm gonna fire that brass hat prima donna right now. Who does he think he is? God?
What do you think Congress would do if I relieve the big general?
Congress would flay you alive.
Fortunately for me, the Navy outfielder's throw was also wild,
over the third baseman's head, and with those two wild throws,
I was able to dash around the bases into home...
with what turned out to be the winning run.
Excuse me. And... And the final score was...
West Point 4, Annapolis 3.
I think that the loudest cheers were led by my mother.
She was always there.
They used to say about us that we were the first... the only mother and son...
ever to graduate from West Point on the same day.
That was in Annapolis in the spring of...
Well, Jeannie...
we're going home at last.
That was the first varsity baseball game ever played...
between West Point and the Naval Academy.
Well, so much for my baseball career...
and for happy memories.
And now will you... excuse us, please?
I've never seen anything like it.
The entire city's come out to celebrate the return of America 's greatest hero.
Officials estimate from seven- to ten-million people...
are here on hand, and that surpasses Lindbergh's...
and Eisenhower's homecomings put together.
Schools are out. The crowd is excited.
The office workers are... just have taken a holiday.
Meanwhile, in our nation's capital,
the statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in part, quote:
"It is fundamental that all military commanders...
"must be governed by our laws and the constitutional guarantee...
of civilian control over the military."
When asked to comment, President Truman said:
People who think they're God are bound to get into trouble sooner or later.
You have to understand that the people of this country are men and women of common sense,
and whenever anybody gets too far out of line, the people are gonna put him out of business.
But once war has been forced upon us...
there is no other alternative...
than to apply every available means...
to bring it to a swift end.
War's very object is victory,
not prolonged indecision.
In war...
there can be no substitute for victory.
For history teaches us, with unmistakable emphasis...
that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war.
Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new...
and increasingly greater demands...
until, as in blackmail...
violence becomes the only alternative.
"Why..."
"Why," my soldiers asked of me,
"surrender military advantages to an enemy in the field?"
I could not answer.
The magnificence of the courage...
and fortitude of the Korean people...
defies description.
They have chosen to risk death...
rather than slavery.
Their last words to me were...
"Don't scuttle the Pacific."
I am closing my 52 years of military service.
When I joined the army, even before the turn of the century...
it was the fulfillment of all my boyish hopes and dreams.
The world has turned over many times...
since I took the oath on the plain at West Point...
and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished.
But I still remember the refrain...
of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day...
which proclaimed most proudly that...
"Old soldiers never die...
they just... fade away."
Like the old soldier of that ballad...
I now close my military career...
and just... fade away...
an old soldier...
who tried to do his duty...
as God...
gave him the light to see that duty.
Good-bye.
Good-bye, hell. He's running for president.
I give you the greatest war hero...
America has ever known, our finest leader of men,
our most brilliant strategist,
a man of inspiration and a man of action...
I give you the next president of the United States,
five-star General of the Army...
Dwight David Eisenhower!
What kind of president do you think he's gonna make?
I think he'll make a fine president.
He was the best clerk who ever served under me.
The shadows are lengthening for me.
Twilight is here.
My days of old have vanished tone and tint,
they have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were.
Their memory is one...
of wondrous beauty...
watered by tears and coaxed and caressed...
by the smiles of yesterday.
I listen vainly but with thirsty ear...
for the witching melody...
of faint bugles blowing reveille,
of far drums beating the long roll.
In my dreams, I hear the crash of guns,
the rattle of musketry,
the strange mournful mutter...
of the battlefield.
But in the evening of my memory...
always I return...
to West Point.
Always there echoes and re-echoes...
duty...
honor...
country.
Today...
marks my final roll call with you.
But I want you to know that when I cross the river...
my last conscious thoughts...
will be of the Corps...
and the Corps...
and the Corps.
I bid you...
farewell.
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