McCarthy attacks Truman and General Marshall, 1951

   "What is the objective of the great conspiracy? I think it is clear from what has occurred and is now occurring: to diminish the United States in world affairs, to weaken us militarily, to confuse our spirit with talk of surrender in the Far East and to impair our will to resist evil....

     "It is the great crime of the Truman administration that it has refused to undertake the job of ferreting the enemy from its ranks. I once puzzled over that refusal. he President, I said, is a loyal American; why does he not lead in this enterprise?  I think that I know why he does not.  The President is not master in his own house. Those who are master there not only have a desire to protect the sappers and miners--they could not do otherwise. They themselves are not free. They belong to a larger conspiracy, the world-wide web of which has been spun from Moscow."