Old Ways of War

Last week the conservative military textbooks, the old ways of war, caught up with the U.S. and with a daring champion of new ways of war, Douglas MacArthur. He had beaten the textbooks again & again; last week they beat him.

His defeat contained many of the elements of his great September victory. Then he was holding the Pusan perimeter with a force that was numerically inferior to the enemy. When talk of an impending offensive began to buzz around, military analysts called it rash. They said that MacArthur did not have nearly as many men as he needed.

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