US Politics Obama Years Public date: 25.02.2019 20:17:58

18 Jan 2011

Eisenhower’s military-industrial complex: His farewell address has been completely misunderstood.

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.
Eisenhower's fears about standing military power never outweighed his conviction that it was necessary. As Ledbetter...

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