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Robert Love on: How MacArthur Took Setbacks
Robert Love LOVE: MacArthur, as a general rule, tended to exaggerate small bureaucratic defeats. He tended to see in them enemies. He had competitors, he didn't have enemies. But the great thing to remember is these were all men who woke up in the morning trying to do the right thing. They were well-intentioned, and MacArthur was probably the best intentioned of the lot. He had more sympathy for those who were under occupation by the Japanese, with the result that you get an emotional intensity to end Japanese occupation in the conquered areas out of MacArthur than you do out of Chester Nimitz or his fellow commanders. The result was that MacArthur reacted to setbacks in a more flamboyant and emotional way, and saw them as personal defeats.

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