MacArthur and McChrystal. Clark and Ridgeway. Algerian and French birthrates. Sean Penn and Hugo Chavez. Ben Stein and BP, and more!
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Re: Jeffrey Lord’s MacArthur Defeats Truman: The Real McChrystal Message:
On website’s page 2: “Truman’s appointment of another heroic World War II general, Mark Clark — the David Petraeus of his day — to take MacArthur’s place in Korea, did nothing to halt the sea-change in American politics that the MacArthur removal signaled.”
Gen. Matthew Ridgeway replaced MacArthur in April 1951. Gen. Mark
Clark later replaced Ridgeway. Minor correction, but noteworthy
because Ridgeway repaired much of the damage MacArthur had
wrought by ignoring the possibility of Chinese entrance into the
war, which got a lot of US troops killed.
— Kenneth Moore
Jeffrey Lord, one of the TAS columnists whose work I most trust, blew it on the subject of MacArthur.
MacArthur was sacked because, first, he publicly denigrated the decision of his Commander in Chief and the government of the United States of America, and, second, publicly insisted on his plan to invade Communist China and to use nuclear weapons in the process.
Mr. Lord does not mention either of these facts, which should put MacArthur into proper perspective, and clearly would delineate the difference between his “sin” and McChrystal’s.
MacArthur was also “playing politics” while serving in the United States military — an absolute no-no — as he maneuvered to get himself nominated for president.
On the other hand, McChrystal used bad judgment in dealing with the media and allowing his staff to do so.
MacArthur’s “sin” was to violate one of the fundamental principles of our country — that the military must remain the servant of the civilian government, which is the servant of the people.
He wanted to replace the considered judgment of the civilian
government that it was unwise to start a war with Communist China
— really madness of the highest order — and to use nuclear
top of it.
“Dougout Doug” was an arrogant braying [critter], whose true reputation is only now becoming public knowledge.
Please catch up, Mr. Lord.
— A. C. Santore
And this is why the progressives want to rewrite history — so
that MacArthur will not be able to continue defeating
— Sharon I. Rideout
A COUPLE SUGGESTIONS
Re: W. James Antle, III.’s Obama Cracks Down:
Great article you guys are dead on. Now two points that may seem overly easy or just ridiculous:
1) Why can’t Arizona just sue the Federal Government for lost finances due to negligence on its part?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?