LeMay was an all-around jerk. He routinely belched during meetings just to interrupt (and undermine) his fellow joint chiefs. He sometimes took tactical shits in his rival co-worker's private toilets while leaving the door open, just as Lao Tzu suggests three times per page in The Art Of War. Once he was asked to put out his cigar to avoid igniting an explosion on a bomber, and replied, "It wouldn't dare."
LeMay was an Air Force general who made a name for himself with a vicious but ultimately effective strategic firebombing campaign against Japan during the War in the Pacific. Unfortunately, his success there turned him into a bit of a one-trick pony. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he vehemently advised President Kennedy to preemptively bomb the island, and compared Kennedy's suggested Naval blockade to the Nazi appeasement at Munich. Once, when asked for a policy recommendation on Cuba, he declared, "Fry it." Dropping nukes was his solution to everything, from international incidents to being overcharged at the grocery store.
We're not kidding. LeMay continued advocating for the attack on Cuba even after the missiles were withdrawn.
One Former Nestle CEO Puts Hollywood Evil Rich Guys To Shame
Hollywood loves to hate the ruthless, greedy, absurdly inhumane CEO. Think Montgomery Burns, Mr. Potter, Ebenezer Scrooge, everyone on Mr. Robot not wearing jeans, and so on. But those are one-dimensional stereotypes. Real-life CEOs are far more complicated.
Except for Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.
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