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The Crook annals: Why the Army didn’t trust white settlers on the Western frontier

General George Crook distrusted the whites on the frontier, and believed they had a vested interest in riling up the Indians so the Army would stick around.

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General George Crook distrusted the whites on the frontier, and believed they had a vested interest in riling up the Indians so the Army would stick around. This was, another general noted, because “almost the only paying business the white inhabitants have ... is supplying the troops.” The result was that, “Hostilities are therefore kept up with a view to supporting the inhabitants.”

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General George Crook distrusted the whites on the frontier, and believed they had a vested interest in riling up the Indians so the Army would stick around. This was, another general noted, because “almost the only paying business the white inhabitants have … is supplying the troops.” The result was that, “Hostilities are therefore kept up with a view to supporting the inhabitants.”

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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