General Was A Bad Choice For A Fool’s Errand

General Was A Bad Choice For A Fool’s Errand
IBD Editorials ^ | June 23, 2010 | GEORGE F. WILL

Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:39:51 PM by Kaslin

In 1932, during a lunch in Albany with Rexford Tugwell, an adviser, Gov. Franklin Roosevelt paused to take a telephone call from Louisiana Gov. Huey Long. When the call ended, FDR referred to Long as the second-most dangerous man in America. Who, Tugwell asked, is the most dangerous? FDR answered: Douglas MacArthur.

As Army chief of staff, MacArthur had just flamboyantly conducted the violent dispersal of the bedraggled “bonus army” in Washington. Nearly 19 years later, he was to become most dangerous to himself, as another commanding general has now done. But Stanley McChrystal is no MacArthur.

MacArthur had some of the genius and much of the egomania of a former artillery captain, Napoleon. This made MacArthur insubordinate and got him cashiered by a former artillery captain, Harry Truman.


Although McChrystal is a fine soldier who rendered especially distinguished service in Iraq, there is no reason to ascribe to him either egomania or insubordination.

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One Response to General Was A Bad Choice For A Fool’s Errand

  1. Gunny G says:

    RE

    FDR, MacArthur, Harry Truman, Napoleon, Huey Long…and Gen McChrystal–all in such a short article…

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