November 8, 1951 – Dean Acheson Proposes, Andrei Vishinsky Laughs – UN Arms Limitation Talks – A Quiet Day In Korea
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November 8, 1951 – Busy day for diplomacy and tilting at windmills. Secretary of State Dean Acheson put forth a proposal for the limitation in arms between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Russia’s Andrei Vishinsky thought the proposal ludicrous and laughable. Further evidence the war was cold and getting colder.
Meanwhile, General Omar Bradley, speaking at a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting in Chicago, said the U.S. needed to greatly increase its combat airpower with the Navy, Airforce and Marine. He wanted the increase to begin as soon as possible. He believed the increase must be “substantial”. And Army Chief-Of-Staff General Collins said at another gathering in New Orleans, that soon the U.S. will have half a million men under arms. He felt world conditions would require large armed forces for some time to come. Again he asked for Compulsory Military Training (the Draft).
In Korea the battle fronts were comparatively quiet. The Chinese attacked at several points and Allied force stopped them. In the air was another dogfight. Defense Department figures were 1 MIG fighter destroyed and 2 other damaged, no Allied losses were reported. At Panmunjom the U.S. rejected the latest Communist proposal for a buffer zone. North Korea and the Chinese wanted to fix that zone immediately and retain a veto power over any changed in the present battle line that Allied forces might make in the future. The U.S. turned the plan down because it was felt it would relieve the Communists of any pressure to reach agreement on any other items in the agenda, such as the exchange of prisoners.
And there were rumors of a shortage of tin cans, owing to some labor issues.
All that, and a lot more for this November 8, 1951 as reported by Edward R. Murrow And The News.