Talk:Richard K. Sutherland

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Knowledge of air operations[edit]

The notion that Sutherland knew a lot about air operations is dubious. Knowing how to pilot noncombat aircraft no more made him an expert than my possession of a regular driver's license qualifies me to race in the Indianapolis 500 or run a truck line. 04:28, 4 October 2007 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Sutherland compared himself with Air Corps officers who had been through the same flight training, the same Command and General Staff College, the same Army War College. Serving on the War Department General Staff and GHQ, he had directed air training and operations. An air corps major general's actual combat experience would date back to the Great War. Sutherland's understanding of the importance and use of air power is beyond doubt. So yes, there was an aspect of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. However, many ground Army officers saw in the air officers' attitude a sense of exclusivity, that being in the Air Corps gave them a supernatural status that no ground officer could hope to attain. Hawkeye7 09:52, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Sutherland was one of a group of generals that saw MacArther as a means to leverage their own career. Their woeful handling of the New Guinea campaign and complete misreading of the Japanese threat coupled with their arrogance toward their alies was shameful. They had luck and materials on their side and that would prove their saviour not any great feats of strategic planning.(Unswr (talk) 12:33, 18 August 2009 (UTC))

Affair with Elaine Clarke[edit]

The title of this section presumably implies "affair" in the sense of "an illicit romantic or sexual relationship" outside of marriage. This presumption is strengthened by the later section where it says that he confessed the affair to his wife and was reconciled.

However, all this section says - apart from the title of the section itself - is that he "met" Elaine, and then the various details of where Elaine and other women were posted, and Sutherland's involvement in that. Really it needs to be made rather more clear. -- Demiurge1000 (talk) 07:29, 15 August 2010 (UTC)

  • I intended "affair" to have dual meanings, both that one and "an event or happening that occasions or arouses notoriety, dispute, and often public scandal". I will make it more explicit. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:01, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Why mention the affair? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gracie1960 (talkcontribs) 03:12, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

It is historically important. Hawkeye7 (talk) 05:52, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Meatloaf burger[edit]

Re: this:

During his tour of duty in China, Sutherland developed the concept of the meatloaf burger, which consisted of a ground beef mixture combined with various leftover foods he had available to him, baked, and placed in slices on a hamburger bun. The meatloaf burger is now a staple in both Chinese and American households.

Ha. Removed as un-sourced. Nothing in Google Books, nothing authoritative on web search that doesn't source back to this article. Green Cardamom (talk) 06:24, 27 October 2011 (UTC)