Personality is no basis for judging someone's accomplishments. George himself has acknowledged that the Imperial Navy was marooned in port from a lack of fuel. That lack of fuel resulted directly from Japan being cut off from its sources in Macronesia.
While you're at it, you might want to check your dates, as well. The Battle of Midway took place in June, 1942. We did not land on Saipan in the Marianas until June, 1944, two years later. The definitive destruction of the Imperial Navy took place during the Philippine campaign, in Leyte Gulf, in October 1944. You jumped over an enormous amount of history there, Asherman.
Yes I did, and over generalized to boot. However, I still think you are over emphasising the value of MacArthur in the defeat of Japan. His landing at Inchon, if nothing else, has won him an honored place in our history. Arnold was one of the great heros of the Revolution, but that lone unidentified boot marker at Saratoga is overshadowed by his betrayal. MacArthur was not only a great ego, he was often insubordinate.
The real military hero of the Second World War was George C. Marshall, and the poor man never realized his great ambition to lead men directly in battle.
There's a comment in today's The Guardian by Timothy Garton (page 23), which might be worth reading to understand the differences between the USA and the UK (Europe) ...
Quote:Conservative America celebrated July 4 as a country at war; the July 7 anniversary here reveals a very different attitude.
Report: Holland Tunnel bomb plot uncovered
Friday, July 7, 2006; Posted: 7:08 a.m. EDT (11:08 GMT)
Plotters planned to bomb New York's Holland Tunnel and flood the city's financial district, a newspaper reports.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A plot to bomb New York's Holland Tunnel in an effort to flood the Wall Street financial district has been uncovered by the FBI, with a suspect arrested in Lebanon, New York's Daily News reported on Friday.
Comong back to the origianally posted comment:
On pages 46 to 49 the Guardian has today a report about
"How London carried on"
An extract of that to be online HERE
They think they're at war with us....
This in addition to the many other failed attempts to hit America, specificlly yesterdays news, should make poeple in this country just a bit more sensitive to the war on terror.
The truth is that even on a relative basis 9/11 here involved ten times the human cost as the 7/7 bombings in London. Moreover 9/11 involved the destruction of very visible, indeed emblematic structures of the core economic life of New York and of government in Washington. Contrast that with a damaged bus which was quickly towed away and basically invisible underground damage to a subway tunnel. The image of happy, contented Moslems, well-accepted by their welcoming neighbors in Britain is - how shall I say it - a bit contrary to well -established facts.
I wondered when someone started to a naive assessment of the situation. I didn't expect it on the day of the 7/7 anniverary.
Walter Hinteler wrote:I wondered when someone started to a naive assessment of the situation. I didn't expect it on the day of the 7/7 anniverary.
Have I profaned the holy day Walter? I'm not sure of your intent with the word "naive" here, but hope you aren't suggesting that, because of the date, thinking Ameriicans should simply bite their tongues while reading such a piece that, quite unnecessarily, went out of its way to criticize our reactions to a much worse event, while pouring the praise upon themselves. It appears to me that you are applying different standards of behavior to the parties in this matter. You and the Guardian are entitled to the moment of self-pity, as were we, but that doesn't require that any of us go far out of our way to compare our own supposed virtues with the imaginary defects of others.