Thirty-fourth President of the United States


Dwight D. Eisenhower - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Dwight David Eisenhower, (October 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969, popularly known as "Ike") was an American soldier and politician. As a Republican he was elected the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). During World War II he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe with the rank of General of the Army, and in 1949 became the first Supreme Commander of NATO. ..."


Why We Fight, Himself


Is Capitalism Why We Fight?, by Gregory Bresiger, Mises Daily, 6 Apr 2006
Critical review of the theses presented in the 2005 documentary Why We Fight, also inquirying about topics omitted from the film
"The producers ... eulogize Dwight Eisenhower, who spoke of the military industry complex in his farewell speech of January 17, 1961. ... Fair enough, but there are a few caveats. Eisenhower said this after eight years in office in which he had done little to reverse the warfare/welfare state. ... Eisenhower ran for president in 1952 as an 'internationalist' who embraced NATO and the whole ridiculous, over expanded, system of military alliances."
TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, by David R. Henderson, 3 Mar 2014
Explains the two meanings of TANSTAAFL: the scarcity of economic resources (and the need for tradeoffs) and the expectation of some kind of reciprocity when something is offered for "free"
"By contrast, there was a U.S. President earlier in the 20th century who did a much better job of recognizing tradeoffs. Indeed, the speech in which he did so is famous, probably in part because it is so rare to see a president, especially one who made his reputation fighting World War II, recognize the tradeoffs involved in spending more on the military. In a speech early in his first term in office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower stated: 'The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. ... We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.'"
The Threat of Militarism, by Karen Kwiatkowski, 9 Jul 2006
Presentation to Global Scholar seminar, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.
"Ike ..., as one of the best loved and respected Presidents, had the most power to communicate his ideas. ... in insulting the Congress, military and industrial complex — the scientific technical elite, Ike picked a time where this challenge would not be able to be countered effectively by the defenders of the military-industrial complex or the Congress."