MACARTHUR ON WAR by Frank C. Ed. Waldrop


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Two conspicuous facts emerge from this collection of official writings of General MacArthur:- one, the beauty of his style, making even his annual reports as Chief of Staff, a pleasure for their clarity and literary excellence, and his Rainbow Division speech, one of the great literary masterpieces; two, the recognition of his prescience, his foresightedness in recommendations as to organization, economic girding for war. The editor intimates that MacArthur was alone in this; even discounting that assumption, one recognizes MacArthur's clear vision, fearlessness, his awareness of the dangers that economies in '33-'34 were bringing our armed forces below the danger line, his stress on the necessity of expanding the air arm, on the importance of radical organization changes to eliminate delay and red tape. His program for Philippine defense, if it could have reached completion, might have averted tragedy. Even MacArthur trusted Japan too far....Briefly, in regard to the editor. Many -- this reader among them -- will resent his sweeping assumption of four alternatives offered our nation in its undertaking today, the implication that it is our job alone, and the undercurrents of defeatism and isolationism in new guise. Perhaps this is not unexpected from an editorial writer for the Washington Times-Herald. It does not outweigh MacArthur.

Pub Date: June 12th, 1942
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce