Monday, May 28, 2012

A Republican voice of reason (if you go back 60 years)

Here is an interesting quote on war on this Memorial Day from, perhaps, an unlikely source:

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

This is from an address called the "Chance for Peace" speech. It was delivered on April 16, 1953, shortly after the death of Joseph Stalin.

It is well documented that, as a former military man, President Eisenhower was concerned about increases in military spending. Many people are aware of his comments on the matter in his farewell address of January 17, 1961, which is also commonly known as his "military-industrial complex" speech.

Can you imagine a Republican leader today saying anything of the kind? I think not.

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