MacArthur

High Culture, Religion, Philosophy and Esoterica.
User avatar
Milo
Posts: 1146
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:14 pm

Re: MacArthur

Post by Milo » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:13 am

neverfail wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:09 pm
Milo wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:41 am
For an interesting point of view of MacArthur see also Sterling Seagram's Gold Warriors. In part it posits an arrangement where MacArthur killed much of the war crimes investigation in Japan in return for a huge bribe.

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v25/n22/chalmers- ... ng-of-asia
Is there any evidence that MacArthur benefited from such a huge bribe - such as high living or the purchase of expensive real estate that could have not been accounted for by his income?
According to Seagrave!

He has written some notable, and controversial, books on the history of the Asia Pacific region. He is certainly no crackpot, although he's accused of overreach and gullibility here.

He's a good read too.

Jim the Moron
Posts: 836
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:51 pm

Re: MacArthur

Post by Jim the Moron » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:34 am

Duty, Honor, Country

http://www.nationalcenter.org/MacArthurFarewell.html

"The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule."
Still rings true today . . .

Jim the Moron
Posts: 836
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:51 pm

Re: MacArthur

Post by Jim the Moron » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:06 am

". . . some others of an entirely different character . . ."

Today, Oct. 23 marks the anniversary of the Beirut barracks bombings. Errors of judgment and faulty intelligence were identified. It would have been avoided had Reagan listened to Scoop Jackson. And, just recently, there was the Niger incident, which could have been avoided had Trump heeded advise that it isn't in America's best interests to deploy troops whose objective is to prevent Muslims from killing Muslims. Stay the hell out of Islamic lands.

But those were matters of faulty judgment and policies. They were not what General Mac was talking about "others of a different character." He was talking about government officials deliberately dishonoring service personnel. There was the abandonment at Benghazi. There was the government's prisoner exchange for Bergdahl, who caused the deaths of comrades. (His sentencing has been postponed.)

Jim the Moron
Posts: 836
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:51 pm

Re: MacArthur

Post by Jim the Moron » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:27 am

The link previously provided to Gen Mac's speech no longer works. Here's another:

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeche ... award.html

neverfail
Posts: 1975
Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:47 am

Re: MacArthur

Post by neverfail » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:25 pm

Jim the Moron wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:06 am
". . . some others of an entirely different character . . ."

And, just recently, there was the Niger incident, which could have been avoided had Trump heeded advise that it isn't in America's best interests to deploy troops whose objective is to prevent Muslims from killing Muslims. Stay the hell out of Islamic lands.
Not always possible JIM. The killing never goes on forever. Eventually one organised group of militant Muslims wins outright. Then what? The West all of a sudden has another base for global terror ranged against it. The West clearly has an interest in who eventually wins power.

Anyone who joins the armed forces must surely be aware that at some time in his/her chosen career he might be sent into a combat situation in which his own life is placed in jeopardy. It is an unwritten part of every soldier's contract.

You seem to get a sadistic relish over the idea of Muslims killing other Muslims - recalling how Often I have read this theme in your posts. Why?
Jim the Moron wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:06 am
But those were matters of faulty judgment and policies. They were not what General Mac was talking about "others of a different character." He was talking about government officials deliberately dishonoring service personnel.
You are not wrong there. The morale of any armed forces is strengthened or weakened by perceptions of the support they get from the home front. If they are morally stabbed in the back by (say) politicians seeking to evade responsibility or seeking some kind of advantage, of course (place yourself in their shoes) it must affect their willingness to put their own lives at risk.

Jim the Moron
Posts: 836
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:51 pm

Re: MacArthur

Post by Jim the Moron » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:49 am

Yes, neverfail, you are quite correct in pointing out that one sect of barbaric Muslims can easily be replaced by another. Islamic leadership is based these days on who can be most barbaric. This is why it is counter-productive for non-Islamic interests to support or oppose any Muslim sect (the Kurds excepted) at any given instance. Stay out of Muslim lands - there is nothing to be gained there, unless one believes that a waste of blood and treasure constitutes a "gain."

Actually, I don't "get a sadistic relish over the idea of Muslims killing other Muslims." I object to non-Muslims dying in futile efforts to prevent Muslims from killing Muslims.

Post Reply