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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Anne Salmond
Poets are remembered for their finest writings, painters for their most vivid canvases. The fate of their mediocre work is to be forgotten. Military men are judged differently. They are expected always to perform competently but are as likely to be remembered for their defeats as for their victories. So it was with Gen. George A. Custer, and so it was with a prominent British seaman, Capt. William Bligh, whose name is forever associated with the mutiny on one of his ships, the Bounty.
By the time the Bounty left Tahiti in April 1789, Ms. Salmond writes, the ship was an emotional powder keg.