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To: Tulane
My favorite Eisenhower anecdotes concern VE Day. After accepting the surrender of Grossadmiral Donitz, he had SHAPE HQ issue a terse statement to the effect, "The mission of this command has been successfully completed."

The other was the speech he gave a few days later to a women's club in London. I don't have the text, but it was to the effect that the lot of someone whose reputation was built on lives sacrificed by his countrymen must be humilty, and it went on like that. The next day the Times of London printed it and beside it printed the Gettysburg Address, to which it compared somewhat favorably.

Ike's modesty was in sharp contrast to MacAuthur. Even though he was the CinC Pacific, he was not told about the atomic bomb until after it was dropped. In fact, the 509th Composite Bombardment Group was explicitly not under his command. Immediately after the bombing of Hiroshima, General Marshal sent MacAuthur a telegram ordering him NOT to make any statements about Hiroshima. What. So. Ever.

13 posted on 05/19/2011 1:44:59 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Ike might have been a better speech maker, but MacArthur was the far better general and postwar administrator. So was Patton.

MacArthur rightfully declared that he had lost fewer men retaking the entire Pacific than Eisenhower had lost in taking Anzio beachhead. MacArthur learned from his mistakes as well. After the bloody debacle on Tarawa, MacArthur rethought the entire strategy of retaking the Pacific island by island and learned to bypass most of them. The Japanese were still occupying Wake Island, for instance, when the war ended, but too busy starving to death to have any effect behind American lines.

Eisenhower was overly concerned with allied feelings. He fired Patton mainly because he had too big of an ego to get along with Montgomery.

Before Patton, the American army couldn't get much past the D-Day beaches for over two long months. Once Patton came back, the American army broke out of the hedgerow country, liberated Paris and were crossing the German border before Ike ordered him to halt so the second string could catch up. By the time they did so, the Nazis launched the Ardennes offensive which Patton's army again played the key role in ending.

MacArthur and Patton had way more leadership ability than Ike. Ike was likable (unlike Obozo) but not great at picking the people to work under him. The same pattern repeated during his presidency. Only one solitary cabinet member managed to stay scandal free and serve the full eight years under Eisenhower.

Yes, Ike had class and humility, more than either Patton or MacArthur. But, as the old saying goes, it ain't bragging when you turn in the performance to match your mouth. Both Patton and MacArthur did.

14 posted on 05/19/2011 2:43:53 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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