maybe so, maybe no, When the U.S. forces were at the Yellow River on the Manchurian border, and Chinese forces were massing across the river, Truman forbade Macarther to pre-emptively attack them, allowing the Chinese to build up their forces until they had overwhelming forces to attack and push the U.S. back to the 38th Parallel. That can’t be blamed on Macarther. I wish the U.S. would have committed our full capabilities to the effort, including nuclear attacks on China.
I remember sitting around Mrs. Crawford under her big oak tree with the other neighborhood kids while she read a letter to us from her son Jerry, who was a POW in North Korea. Someway word would get around that she had recieved a letter from him and all the kids would go to her house and she would read it to us. He was our hero, even though most of us had never seen him. I remember her showing us how most of the letter was blacked out by Communist censors. There were very few letters and they came near the end of the war, after the North Koreans allowed Red Cross access to the POWs.
When Jerry got home he was mean to everybody. they didn’t have a name for it yet, but I think he suffered from PTSD. Another POW came home to our neighborhood with one arm missing, he was always friendly and kind to everyone. If he came by while we were walking he’d pick us up in his Army Surplus Jeep. I remember him rolling a Bull Durham cigarette with his one hand while steering the Jeep with one knee, using a fold in hs pants to form the cigarette. Everyone I knew was patriotic and Nationalistic in those days.
Viet Nam shattered America like nothing else in our history. It was the beginning of the end of something I can’t seem to get a total grasp on. America lost it’s moral compass during that dark time in our history.
Back to Macarther, he had his failings and defects, but he also had his triumphs. Most great military leaders have something in their character that would be bad in civilian life, but allows them to be successful in war. U.S.S. Grant kept throwing men into a ‘meat grinder’ until Robert E. Lee ran out of men. Grant wouldn’t even allow a truce to recover wounded from the field of battle, leaving men to needlessly die, just so the Confederates could not recover their men who may survive to fight again. Grant just kept attacking, lose a battle, just throw more men into it and the enemy will run out of men sooner or later. Damn the casualties.
With Macarther it was an unbelievably super ego. He really did think he was some sort of God like super human. Men like Macarther, Grant, and Patton would never have made it in civilian life.
Again, just my opinion