If you had access to a Time Machine, and cloak of invisibility, I wonder what a modern physiatrist who was allowed to observe Mac in private and public would make of him, and what his diagnosis would be. As for the meeting between Phillips and MacArthur, not only was it considered to be good manners, it also gave Phillips a chance to meet with his opposite number Hart. And allowed him to judge just how much reliability he could place on information he received from the Philippines. The fact that Hart decided to inform Phillips of the recently received war warning signal, without seeking authorisation first, shows that these two will as far as is possible and political considerations allow be able to cooperate. Hart a man who is very tired by now, especially of Mac and the foolish attitude of Washington, has found potentially a friend, unfortunately he is not going to get the time for this friendship to develop.