The Congress and the Generals: Precedents for the Lavelle Affair
Special project rept.
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of the project was to examine the circumstances surrounding the reliefs from command of three US general officers George B. McClellan, Douglas MacArthur, and John D. Lavelle--to ascertain what similarities, if any, exist. Particular emphasis was laid on determining and comparing the interest of the Congress in each case. Two common factors were identified which had major impact the conflict between the executive and legislative branches, and the historically recurring concern and effort of the civilian believed identified. Each general faced a professional dilemma when his military judgment of his situation and its impact on the interests of the United States was not in consonance with the policies and desires of his superiors. Modified author abstract
- Sociology and Law