Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1961: President Eisenhower's farewell address


President Eisenhower said goodbye on this day in 1961.    His speech came after 8 years as president and an impressive military career.     

Many remember this speech for one line about the "military industrial complex".   Some say that his speech was misunderstood or that the line was taken out of context.   Others say that he was warning us about a corrupt relationship between government and the military industry.


What was it?   In my opinion, it was not the anti-military speech that so many in the left make it out to be, as David Greenberg pointed out:
"Eisenhower's fears about standing military power never outweighed his conviction that it was necessary. 
As Ledbetter writes, Ike was, "by any definition, a leading figure in that complex." 
He loved the Army and devoted his life to it. 
Within the Republican Party, his great accomplishment was to drag the rank and file into the age of internationalism with his triumph over Robert Taft for the 1952 presidential nomination, which isolated the isolationists in the GOP."
Overall, a good speech that should be read for what it said, i.e. spend wisely and watch for corruption.   


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