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Dwight D. Eisenhower
U.S. general and president
(1890-1969)



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The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
-- Addressing the troops on D-Day, June 6, 1944

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

I won't get into a pissing contest with that skunk.
-- Speaking to his brother Milton, refusing to enter into a public confrontation with Senator Joseph R. McCarthy

You have a row of dominoes set up; you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954 (speaking about the battle of Dien Bien Phu in which the French were defeated by the communist Vietminh)

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced powers 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.
-- Farewell address, January 1961

This world in arms in not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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