Wednesday, November 14, 2012

No modest generals

By Donald Sensing

Mark Perry on the history of outsized egos of America's generals - beginning with George Washington and not excluding Robert E. Lee, and using Douglas MacArthur as the very model:

Petraeus and MacArthur share more than a history of sexual peccadilloes: Like every great military commander, both boasted an unstinting ambition and an enormous ego, and left a long list of bitter and exasperated enemies within the U.S. military in their wake. Such qualities are a common thread running through our nation's history -- for in the pantheon of great American generals, there has not been a single modest man.
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