Ken Smith 1/8/02American History Article ReviewDouglas Brinkley, "Eisenhower the Dove"American Heritage, September 2001In this article, Douglas Brinkley compares President Dwight Eisenhower (alsoknown as “Ike,” who served in office from 1953 to 1961) to George Washington.Brinkley points out that both men were the leading generals of their respective wars:George of the Revolution War and Eisenhower of World War II. And as president, bothmen were concerned that America might be led into needless foreign wars. Both men leftoffice with memorable speeches that contained grave warnings to their countrymen.Washington's speech dealt with the dangers of "foreign entanglements." Eisenhower dealtwith the dangers of what he called "the military industrial complex."As president, Eisenhower was fiscally conservative. He introduced a policy that hecalled "the New Look." Under this plan, the US government would save money byrelying mainly on nuclear-based defenses to guard against the Soviet Union. Troopnumbers and conventional forces were cut back. But Ike was not weak on defense.
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