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Re: MacArthur [Was: Slow period for list]
In a message dated 12/20/02 8:45:40 AM Pacific Standard Time, Home@DanSources.com writes:
Yet history FORGIVES MacArthur. IMO this attitude also prevailed in Vietnam.
Those who save the spirit of MacArthur are mostly the radical right Conservatives today. They were his source of protection against the military bureaucrats in both WW II and Korea.
IMO The attitude that was made manifest in Korea and continued into Vietnam was the spirit of the Air Force crowd who clung to their myth of air power being capable of winning wars. They had many of the highest ranked industrial community supporting this cause with their new gidgets and gadgets that were claimed to make air power a force that couldn't be beaten. However, as in Korea, when they came across sophisticated AAA batteries, and decent pilots who could almost hold their own against the Air Force, Navy and Marine fighter-bombers, allied air power was found once again to fail as the be all and end all in Viet Nam. Further, the attempt to cut logistic support lines failed, as it had done in Korea.
And, once again, the Air Force, got into scrapes with Marine Corps aviation leaders who wanted to use their aircraft in close air support in accordance with Marine Corps doctrine. I don't know that much about Vietnam, but I think that the Air Force lost more interservice battles this time than they did in the Korean War.