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General Should Not Have Apologized

Date Posted: 2001-02-23

I understand that his e-mail was not intended to be read to the public, but I am shocked that the Lt. Gen. choose to write insults, setting a negative tone from the top down.

Initially, I had the impression that Lt. Gen. Hailston was a tough man after I was fortunate enough to read his e-mail which was published in some of the Japanese newspapers. In the sentence following the “wimps” and “nuts” statement, he wrote that he would be glad to tell them “in their face.” When I saw the Lt. Gen. on the local 6:00 news the next day apologizing to the Governor, I was dismayed. He was “in their face,” but he was apologizing. Afterwards, the Governor left the room without shaking Lt. Gen. Hailston’s hand. I felt bad for him. He looked like a dog with its tail tucked in between its legs. I think the Lt. Gen. should have stuck to his initial statement, not apologize, so he could have held his head up high. The apology doesn’t matter in my opinion since he has already lost their trust. I think the apology only further degraded his stature to all of us who looked up to him.

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