Seconded.Carl Schwamberger wrote: ↑01 May 2021 17:57ROFLMAOWhen MacArthur was asked to give an evaluation of Brett in July 1942, big Mac sent the following:
Brett is unquestionably highly qualified as an air technician and in air administrative duties of a productive or supply character. He is an unusually hard worker but his very industry leads him to concentrate at times upon unimportant details which tend to obscure a true perspective of more important matters. He is naturally inclined toward more or less harmless intrigue and has a bent (due perhaps to his delightful personality) for social entertainment and the easy way of life. He is unpopular with the Australian Administration who resent his lack of forthrightness and he does not command the confidence of the younger and fighting elements of the air corps here.
I would rate Brett’s service during the last three months under my command as only average. His relationship with the navy component is poor. His relations with my own headquarters have been personally most cordial but professionally he has been evasive. Although Brett has a very large staff; I do not consider it particularly competent. This may be due to his inability to select and place the right men in key positions or possibly he is unable properly to coordinate them. Andrews is a type of commander who needs a competent chief of staff and operations officer. If this change is made I suggest that he be permitted to bring these two staff officers with him and that men of corresponding rank here be returned with Brett
Not aware that Brett was ever surprised at the strategic and/r operational level by the enemy. Mac was ... at least three times.
And amazingly enough, it was never his fault, or that of his staff.
It was always the Navy's fault; or the Air Corps/Air Force's fault; or anyone else's fault but Mac and the gang...
Better choice in 1942 would have been leave what became ABDA to the British and Dutch; keep Hart as theater commander in what became SWPA with an Australian deputy (presumably Blamey, although he wasn't exactly a prize), and with Brett as air commander, with an RAAF deputy. Send Brereton to the MTO and ETO (where he served well as a tactical/strategic air force commander) and send Mac to China to entertain Chiang, and vice-versa. They can each try and out-do each other in umbrage. Mac and Chennault would have been perfect for each other.
That frees up Stilwell for the MTO/ETO, which would have been a good move.