General Dwight D. Eisenhower – (019)

19-General Dwight D. EisenhowerGeneral Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th U.S. President, promoted Atoms for Peace at the United Nations General Assembly in order to ease Cold War tensions. [biography.com]

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.He had previously been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO. ...[ Wikipedia ] 

Born: October 14, 1890, Denison, Texas, United States
Died: March 28, 1969, Washington, D.C., United States
Full name: Dwight David Eisenhower
Presidential term: January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
Movies and TV shows: The True Glory, Town Meeting of the World
Nicknames: Kansas Cyclone, Ike, General Ike, Little Ike, Duckpin

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There must be no second-class citizens in this country.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Character in many ways is everything in leadership. It is made up of many things, but I would say character is really integrity. When you delegate something to a subordinate, for example, it is absolutely your responsibility, and he must understand this. You as a leader must take complete responsibility for what the subordinate does. I once said, as a sort of wisecrack, that leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (Denison, Texas, 14 de outubro de 1890 — Washington, 28 de março de 1969) foi o 34º Presidente dos Estados Unidos de 1953 até 1961. Antes disso, ele foi um general de cinco estrelas do Exército Americano. Durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, ele serviu como o Comandante Supremo das Forças Aliadas na Europa. Ele assumiu a responsabilidade de comandar e supervisionar a invasão do Norte da África durante a Operação Tocha entre 1942 e 1943. Logo depois ele assumiu o planejamento da invasão da França e da Alemanha entre 1944 e 1945, no Fronte Ocidental. Em 1951, ele se tornou o primeiro comandante supremo da OTAN.1 Ele também foi Chefe do Estado-Maior do Presidênte Harry S. Truman, antes de assumir a presidência da Universidade Columbia. [Wikipedia – Port]

19-General Dwight Eisenhower-b smallDwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (pronounced /ˈaɪzənhaʊər/, eye-zən-how-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He had previously been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.

Eisenhower was of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and was raised in a large family in Kansas by parents with a strong religious background. He attended and graduated from West Point and later married and had two sons. After World War II, Eisenhower served as Army Chief of Staff under President Harry S. Truman, then assumed the post of President at Columbia University.

Eisenhower entered the 1952 presidential race as a Republican to counter the non-interventionism of Senator Robert A. Taft and to crusade against “Communism, Korea and corruption”. He won by a landslide, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson and ending two decades of the New Deal Coalition. In the first year of his presidency, Eisenhower deposed the leader of Iran in the 1953 Iranian coup d’état and used nuclear threats to conclude the Korean War with China. His New Look policy of nuclear deterrence gave priority to inexpensive nuclear weapons while reducing the funding for conventional military forces; the goal was to keep pressure on the Soviet Union and reduce federal deficits. In 1954, Eisenhower first articulated the domino theory in his description of the threat presented by the spread of communism. The Congress agreed to his request in 1955 for the Formosa Resolution, which enabled him to prevent Chinese communist aggression against Chinese nationalists and established the U.S. policy of defending Taiwan. When the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957, he had to play catch-up in the space race. Eisenhower forced Israel, the UK, and France to end their invasion of Egypt during the Suez Crisis of 1956. In 1958, he sent 15,000 U.S. troops to Lebanon to prevent the pro-Western government from falling to a Nasser-inspired revolution. Near the end of his term, his efforts to set up a summit meeting with the Soviets collapsed because of the U-2 incident.  In his 1961 farewell address to the nation, Eisenhower expressed his concerns about future dangers of massive military spending, especially deficit spending, and coined the term “military–industrial complex”.

On the domestic front, he covertly opposed Joseph McCarthy and contributed to the end of McCarthyism by openly invoking the modern expanded version of executive privilege. He otherwise left most political activity to his Vice President, Richard Nixon. He was a moderate conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security.

Among his enduring innovations, he launched the Interstate Highway System; the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which led to the internet, among many invaluable outputs; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), driving peaceful discovery in space; the establishment of strong science education via the National Defense Education Act; and encouraging peaceful use of nuclear power via amendments to the Atomic Energy Act.

In social policy, he sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the first time since Reconstruction to enforce federal court orders to desegregate public schools. He also signed civil rights legislation in 1957 and 1960 to protect the right to vote. He implemented desegregation of the armed forces in two years and made five appointments to the Supreme Court. He was the first term-limited president in accordance with the 22nd Amendment. Eisenhower’s two terms were peaceful ones for the most part and saw considerable economic prosperity except for a sharp recession in 1958–59. Eisenhower is often ranked highly among the U.S. presidents.

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Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (Denison, Texas, 14 de outubro de 1890 — Washington, 28 de março de 1969) foi o 34º Presidente dos Estados Unidos de 1953 até 1961. Antes disso, ele foi um general de cinco estrelas do Exército Americano. Durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, ele serviu como o Comandante Supremo das Forças Aliadas na Europa. Ele assumiu a responsabilidade de comandar e supervisionar a invasão do Norte da África durante a Operação Tocha entre 1942 e 1943. Logo depois ele assumiu o planejamento da invasão da França e da Alemanha entre 1944 e 1945, no Fronte Ocidental. Em 1951, ele se tornou o primeiro comandante supremo da OTAN.1 Ele também foi Chefe do Estado-Maior do Presidênte Harry S. Truman, antes de assumir a presidência da Universidade Columbia.2

Eisenhower entrou na corrida presidencial como candidato republicano em 1952 e prometeu uma cruzada contra “comunismo, Coreia e corrupção.” Ele derrotou o Adlai Stevenson encerrando duas décadas de governos democratas. No primeiro ano como presidente, Eisenhower depôs o líder do Irã num golpe de estado, e ameaçou usar de força nuclear contra a China para encerrar a Guerra da Coreia. No carater militar, ele focou sua atenção em expandir o arsenal americano e não aumentou os fundos para as outras vertentes das Forças Armadas. O objetivo era manter a pressão sobre a União Soviética e para reduzir o déficit do governo. Quando os soviéticos lançaram o satélite Sputnik 1 em 1957, ele teve que tentar correr atrás na corrida espacial. Eisenhower forçou Israel, o Reino Unido e a França para encerrar sua invasão ao Egito durante a Guerra do Suez de 1956. Em 1958, ele enviou 15 mil soldados americanos para o Líbano para impedir que o governo pró-ocidente daquele país caisse em mãos de revolucionários aliados a Nasser. No fim do seu mandato, seus esforços de ir para mesa de negociações com os Soviéticos caiu por terra por causa do incidente com um avião U2 em 1960 quando um avião espião americano foi derrubado sobre a Rússia e o piloto foi capturado vivo.3

No plano doméstico, ele ajudou a remover Joseph McCarthy do poder mas deixou boa parte das questões políticas para o Vice-presidente Richard Nixon. Ele era considerado um político conservador que continuou com o “New Deal”, expandiu os seguros sociais e lançou o chamado “Interstate Highway System”. Ele mandou tropas federais para Little Rock, Arkansas, pela primeira vez desde a Reconstrução, para fazer valer as decisões da Suprema Corte sobre dessegregação racial em escolas públicas e acabou por assinar leis de direitos civil em 1957 e em 1960. Ele também implementou a dessegregação racial nas Forças Armadas e apontou cinco nomes para a Corte Suprema.

Os dois mandatos de Eisenhower como presidentes viram tempos de prosperidade econômica exceto por um período de recessão que durou entre 1958 e 1959. Embora ele tenha deixado o cargo em 1961 com índices de popularidade baixo, sua reputação póstuma aumentou, assim como também foi notada uma melhora na visão dos historiadores de sua presidência. Eisenhower é muitas vezes lembrado como um dos melhores presidentes que o país já teve.

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