Mark Collins – When Malcolm Mug Met Dugout Doug

At Tom Ricks’ The Best Defense blog:



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On Nov. 30, 1947, the British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge [more here], passing through Tokyo, interviewed General Douglas MacArthur.

He was not impressed. He wrote in his diary that the general “talked at me nearly an hour…He spoke of the Sermon on the Mount, producing exceptionally large number of cliches (‘Freedom is heady wine,’ etc.). I was bored and embarrassed. He seemed to me like broken-down actor of the type one meet in railway trains or boarding houses in England.”

Photo Credit: Naval Historical Center/Wikimedia Commons

More on the vainglorious and militarily pretty incompetent most of the time Philippines’ Field Marshal here, here and here (“Dugout Doug” song at the end).

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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