-by Scoop (November 10, 2017)
wight D. Eisenhower had served for decades in the U.S. military, ultimately becoming a 5-Star General and the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II. It was under his command, with navel & air support, that on June 6, 1944 at least 150,000 ‘allied troops’, including U.S. Airborne and infantry forces, invaded France (aka: D-Day) and bravely fought their way through the intensely fortified enemy lines. With the Soviet military fighting on another front in Europe ultimately the entire German military forces were defeated and the Nazis surrendered on May 7th, 1945.
So Here’s The Scoop: After WWII General Eisenhower was very popular in the U.S. (and the world for that matter) and went on to be elected the 34th President of the United States (Republican, two terms: 1953-1961) with Richard M. Nixon as his Vice President (who also “wore the uniform” during WW II).
Like most military personnel who have experienced warfare General Eisenhower loathed war and during his January 1961 farewell speech to the nation, as he concluded his second 4-year term as President, he warned every U.S. citizen (and the world) to be very careful and monitor “the military-industrial complex” (M-IC) that had developed during World War II and then continued to expand afterward.
Considering some global issues the U.S. is currently facing, everyone should read (or listen to) President Eisenhower’s short but informative farewell speech. The text and/or audio is available online free of charge – and those who do should also know that the 34th President was not the first to warn about the M-IC, a.k.a. (as I and others like to call them) the ‘chicken-hawks’ who are ‘war-profiteers’.
For example, before President Eisenhower there was U.S. Marine Corp Major General Smedley Darlington Butler who served from 1898 to 1931. Ultimately the Marine Corp General became, at that time, the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, a recognition that included receiving the Medal of Honor twice (2 times) for extraordinary heroism while engaging the enemy in two separate combat operations.
After his years of honorable service General Butler’s caveat about the M-IC for ‘We the People’ was referenced in one or more of his controversial speeches as well as in his 1935 book “War is a Racket” wherein the General said:
“I Spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.”
The General went on saying:
“I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
Take what you like (or don’t) from the words & thoughts of President Eisenhower and the sometimes controversial General Butler but whatever your belief or position is on ‘war’ this Veterans day also remember that regardless of the ‘situation’ those now serving and the Veterans who have served – all answered the call of duty.
And while remembering that also understand that many who served since our Nation’s founding did so during times of war and they served in the same way that U.S. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz described U.S. Marines after they defeated the battle hardened Imperial Japanese Army on the island of Iwo Jima during WW II — where “uncommon valor was a common virtue”.
Good Luck Out There
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