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Roger Dingman on: The Importance of MacArthur
Roger Dingman DINGMAN: I think Douglas MacArthur's lasting importance lies in the fact that he recognized the need for a person who can embody the purpose, who can in his actions and demeanor capture the imagination of the public to provide support for a war, whether that war is the war in the Southwest Pacific against the Japanese or the war in Korea against North Korea and China.

And I think that in a sense his legacy and his enduring significance lies in reminding us of the need for that kind of leadership, that kind of unity of purpose, that kind of connectedness, in a way, between the military leader and his men who fight a war, and the public at large.

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