I never said that Gen. Stilwell admired Communism. I said that Barbara Tuchman did. Did Stilwell really often tell his staff how much he admired Communists? Of course not.
Did the ChiComs ever fight against the Japanese in any significant way? No, they did not; in spite of what leftist Americans might claim. The ChiComs were at war with other Chinese.
He called him 'peanut'.
Didnt mean to imply you did. Sorry if it sounded that way. I was sort of going through the thought process I followed as I reread the passage since you alerted me to Tuchmans lefty bent. Personally, I have a hard time picturing Stilwell waxing wistfully about getting the Peoples Army to join the heroic struggle to rid greater China of the imperialist Japanese pestilence. Maybe more like, Id take the goddamn commies if we could get them to stand and fight!