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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Fundamentals

“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”
--Ulysses S. Grant


Heeding the admonitions of battle-hardened generals is scarcely a strength
of the Bush administration. Eisenhower - 101st Airborne at Normandy

Dwight Eisenhower's presidential leadership was forged in his experience as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force during WWII. Facing, in the dawn of the nuclear age, an arms race with the Soviet Union, he cautioned,

“There is no way in which a country
can satisfy the craving for absolute security, but it can bankrupt
itself morally and economically in attempting to reach that illusory
goal through arms alone.”


In his farewell address, Eisenhower was the first to describe and warn Americans of the dangers he observed in the rapidly expanding military industrial complex,

“The total influence – economic,
political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every statehouse,
every office of the federal government……..The potential for the
disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must
never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or
democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert
and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge
industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods
and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”


Eisenhower’s judicious leadership and balanced priorities, despite a unified,
nuclear-armed, and assertive Soviet Union, averted nuclear catastrophe
and preserved civil liberties.
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