On this day in 1937, the first woman US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is born in Prague; her name at birth was Marie Jana Korbelová. The daughter of Czech diplomat Josef Korbel, Albright fled to England with her family after the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. Though Albright long believed they had fled for […]
Category: Foreign Policy
MacArthur in fact told two interviewers in 1954 “I could have won the war in Korea in a maximum of 10 days . . . I would have dropped between 30 and 50 atomic bombs on his air bases and other depots strung across the neck of Manchuria.” The General continued, “It was my plan as our amphibious forces moved south to spread behind us—from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea—a belt of radioactive cobalt.
In 1939 Bonhoeffer had considered taking refuge in the United States but returned after only two weeks in New York City, writing to his sponsor, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, that “I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.”
Known for his apportionment of moral force and nuance, Hammarskjöld has been referred to as one of the two best secretaries-general, and his appointment has been mentioned as one of the most notable successes for the UN. He is one of only four people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize, and is the only UN secretary-general to die in office.
On this day in 1948, President Harry S Truman signs the Marshall Plan into law. Officially it was entitled the European Recovery Program, an American initiative to aid Western Europe with over $13 billion in economic assistance for a Western European rebuild after the end of World War 2. Perhaps a touch more cynically, it […]