drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

But do YOU love Praetor Petreus???

Truman had inherited General Douglas MacArthur, "an untouchable," in Dwight Eisenhower's shrewd estimate, a man who was by then as much myth and legend as he was flesh and blood. The mastermind of America's victory in the Pacific, MacArthur was unquestionably talented, but also vainglorious, highly political, and partisan. Truman had twice invited him to come home from Japan, where, as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, he was supervising the reconstruction, to meet with him and address a joint session of Congress. Twice MacArthur turned him down, although a presidential invitation is really an order. MacArthur was saving his homecoming, it was clear, for a more dramatic moment, one that might just have been connected to a presidential run. He not only looked down on Truman personally, he never really accepted the primacy of the president in the constitutional hierarchy. For a president trying to govern during an extremely difficult moment in international politics, it was a monstrous political equation.
[ cf The History Boys (emphasis NEEDED) ]

We have a War President, and a WarCzar, and now we have Praetor Petreus.....

In this holy trilogy, which should we love more than a mere president, the head of a mere human Federal Republic.....

Or would that be an immodest question to ask in these most modest of times...
Tags: religion, war

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