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jay_dee Post time: 2014-5-4 07:38
MacArthur was an ass and terrible leader, as was Clark.
He was no Patton, Bradley or Marshall
Even E ...
"Despite his poor military judgment and other failings as a commander, MacArthur had a talent for self-promotion and cultivation of the media. He established a public relations office on his island stronghold of Corregidor in Manila Bay. During the siege of the Bataan Peninsula, while his desperate troops were starving, fighting, and dying in order to obey his order to hold their defensive lines to the end, MacArthur passed his time on Corregidor promoting an image of himself in American minds as the 'Hero of the Pacific'. He bombarded the American media with extravagant and self-adulatory press releases that hailed his military genius and determination to fight to the last man in his command. These press releases mostly ignored the heroic resistance of the American and Philippine troops and attributed full credit for delaying the Japanese capture of Bataan to MacArthur's brilliance as a commander. His former Chief of Staff in the Philippines and Australia, Major General Richard K. Sutherland conceded that MacArthur personally wrote or approved all of his self-adulatory press releases."
"MacArthur's accounts of his brilliant defence of the Philippines were splashed across newspapers in the United States where the war news had been uniformly grim since Pearl Harbor. MacArthur had quickly transferred to a bank in the United States the 'reward' of $500,000 given to him by President Quezon in early January 1942, and as he had no close relatives in the United States, it is not unreasonable to suspect that MacArthur did not intend to end his military career sharing the hardships of a Japanese prison camp with his troops. MacArthur's self-glorification was aided by his powerful friends in the American media and politics who hailed him as the 'Hero of the Pacific', and helped to promote a myth that he was a military genius who could not be allowed to fall into Japanese hands when Bataan and Corregidor inevitably fell."
"Following the Japanese surrender, the Australian government wanted to prosecute Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal, but this was opposed by the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur believed that administration of a defeated Japan would be greatly facilitated if the emperor appeared to be cooperating with the occupying Allied powers. This could not happen if the emperor was charged and convicted of war crimes. President Truman backed MacArthur against Australia, and Japan's leading war criminal escaped prosecution solely on the ground of political expediency. By protecting Hirohito from prosecution as a war criminal, the United States laid the foundation for Japan to refuse to acknowledge its war guilt and war crimes."
Hailed as a "War Hero of the Pacific", named Time Magazine "Man of the Year" in 1942, MacArthur not only abandoned his own troops to the Imperial Japanese Army but he also BETRAYED them by concealing Emperor Hirohito's guilt and protected the Imperial Japanese Family from prosecution for their war crimes -- in exchange for war loot.