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Generals McChrystal, MacArthur, and Hooker

“It was 59 years ago that President Harry S. Truman had his showdown with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the midst of a frustrating, slogging war that ended up with no victor and no real end. History does not repeat itself, of course — as Mark Twain said, at best it rhymes. And give Mr. Obama’s aides this much: The swaggering General MacArthur, with his corncob pipe, open shirt and insouciant conviction that he was working for idiots, bears little resemblance to Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the lean runner who has become the greatest advocate of counterinsurgency.”

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 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/world/asia/w24sanger.html

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