Frases de Dwight David Eisenhower

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Dwight David Eisenhower

Fecha de nacimiento: 14. Octubre 1890
Fecha de muerte: 28. Marzo 1969
Otros nombres:Дуайт Эйзенхауэр

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Dwight David «Ike» Eisenhower fue un militar y político que sirvió como 34º presidente de los Estados Unidos de América entre 1953 y 1961. General de cinco estrellas del ejército de Estados Unidos durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, fue comandante supremo de las fuerzas aliadas occidentales en Europa y responsable de la planificación y supervisión de la invasión del norte de África en la operación Torch de entre 1942 y 1943 y de la exitosa invasión de Francia y Alemania entre 1944 y 1945 en el frente occidental. En 1951, se convirtió en el primer comandante supremo de la OTAN.

Descendiente de inmigrantes alemanes asentados en Pensilvania, Eisenhower se crió en un numerosa familia en el estado de Kansas y sus padres le dieron una sólida formación religiosa. Se graduó en West Point en 1915 y más tarde se casó con Mamie Doud, con quien tuvo dos hijos. Tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial, Eisenhower fue jefe de Estado Mayor del ejército durante la presidencia de Harry S. Truman y después ejerció como presidente de la Universidad de Columbia. Eisenhower entró en la carrera presidencial de 1952 de la mano del Partido Republicano para contrarrestar las políticas de no intervención defendidas por el senador republicano Robert A. Taft e hizo campaña contra «el comunismo, Corea y la corrupción». Consiguió derrotar por amplio margen al candidato demócrata Adlai Stevenson y así puso fin a dos décadas de hegemonía demócrata y a la llamada «coalición del New Deal». Fue el primer presidente estadounidense en ver sus mandatos constitucionalmente limitados por la Vigesimosegunda Enmienda.

Los principales objetivos de Eisenhower durante su presidencia fueron mantener la presión sobre la Unión Soviética a través de la llamada Doctrina Eisenhower y reducir el déficit federal. En el primer año de su presidencia, amenazó con usar armas nucleares en un esfuerzo por poner fin a la guerra de Corea; su nueva imagen política priorizó la construcción en masa de armas nucleares baratas para la disuasión nuclear, mientras reducía los fondos para las fuerzas militares convencionales. Ordenó los golpes de Estado en Irán y Guatemala y negó ayuda material de importancia a Francia en Indochina , aunque sí aportó ayuda financiera y daría un fuerte apoyo económico a la recién creada Vietnam del Sur. El Congreso apoyó su solicitud de 1955 para la resolución de Formosa, lo que obligó a Estados Unidos a apoyar militarmente al gobierno pro occidental de la República de China en Taiwán y mantener el aislamiento de la República Popular China, que dominaba el territorio continental.

Después de que la Unión Soviética pusiera en órbita el primer satélite artificial de la historia en 1957, Eisenhower autorizó la creación de la NASA y con ella el inicio de la carrera espacial. Durante la crisis de Suez de 1956, Eisenhower condenó la invasión israelí, británica y francesa de Egipto, y los obligó a retirarse. A su vez condenó la invasión soviética durante la revolución húngara de 1956, pero no tomó ningún otro tipo de acción. Envió 15 000 soldados a Líbano en 1958 para evitar el derrocamiento del gobierno pro occidental a manos de una revolución inspirada en los principios del gobierno del presidente egipcio Nasser. Hacia el final de su mandato, sus esfuerzos por celebrar una reunión con los soviéticos se vinieron abajo tras el incidente del U-2. En su discurso de despedida a la nación del 17 de enero de 1961, Eisenhower avisó sobre los peligros del enorme gasto militar del país y en particular sobre el déficit que este generaba y los contratos que el gobierno tenía con los fabricantes privados de armamento, y acuñó el término «complejo industrial-militar».

En Estados Unidos, durante las dos legislaturas de Eisenhower se vivió una considerable prosperidad económica, a excepción de la fuerte recesión de entre 1958 y 1959. Opuesto, aunque no públicamente, a Joseph McCarthy, contribuyó a poner fin al macartismo con un amplio uso de su llamado «privilegio ejecutivo». Conservador moderado, mantuvo los organismos del New Deal y amplió la Seguridad Social. Puso en marcha el Sistema Interestatal de Autopistas, la agencia DARPA, estableció una sólida educación científica a través de la National Defense Education Act y alentó el uso pacífico de la energía nuclear gracias a la Atomic Energy Act; sin embargo, Eisenhower a menudo dejaba la mayor parte de la actividad política a nivel nacional en manos de su vicepresidente, Richard Nixon.

Aclamado por las encuestas de Gallup como el «hombre más admirado» en doce ocasiones, logró una estima popular generalizada, tanto durante como después de su presidencia. Desde finales del siglo XX, existe consenso entre los estudiosos occidentales para situar a Dwight Eisenhower como uno de los más grandes presidentes de Estados Unidos.

Frases Dwight David Eisenhower

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„Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. … Is there no other way the world may live?

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„Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking. [http://www.3ad.com/history/wwll/feature.pages/d.day.letters.htm Order of the Day (2 June 1944), a message to troops before the Normandy landings], reported in Franklin Watts, Voices of History (1945), p. 260

„We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose. We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. These basic precepts are not lofty abstractions, far removed from matters of daily living. They are laws of spiritual strength that generate and define our material strength. Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Moral stamina means more energy and more productivity, on the farm and in the factory. Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible--from the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.

„If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone. [http://doinghistoryproject.tripod.com/id17.html Notes for an announcement, written in advance of the Normandy invasion, in case of its failure, but never delivered (June 1944)]; reported in John Gunther, Eisenhower: The Man and the Symbol (1952), p. 41

„That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

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„Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Moral stamina means more energy and more productivity, on the farm and in the factory. Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible--from the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose. We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. These basic precepts are not lofty abstractions, far removed from matters of daily living. They are laws of spiritual strength that generate and define our material strength. Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Moral stamina means more energy and more productivity, on the farm and in the factory. Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible--from the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.

„It is with the book of history, and not with isolated pages, that the United States will ever wish to be identified. My country wants to be constructive, not destructive. It wants agreement, not wars, among nations. It wants itself to live in freedom, and in the confidence that the people of every other nation enjoy equally the right of choosing their own way of life. So my country's purpose is to help us move out of the dark chamber of horrors into the light, to find a way by which the minds of men, the hopes of men, the souls of men every where, can move forward toward peace and happiness and well being.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: Occasional pages of history do record the faces of the "Great Destroyers" but the whole book of history reveals mankind's never-ending quest for peace, and mankind's God-given capacity to build. It is with the book of history, and not with isolated pages, that the United States will ever wish to be identified. My country wants to be constructive, not destructive. It wants agreement, not wars, among nations. It wants itself to live in freedom, and in the confidence that the people of every other nation enjoy equally the right of choosing their own way of life. So my country's purpose is to help us move out of the dark chamber of horrors into the light, to find a way by which the minds of men, the hopes of men, the souls of men every where, can move forward toward peace and happiness and well being.

„One circumstance that helped our character development: we were needed.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: One circumstance that helped our character development: we were needed. I often think today of what an impact could be made if children believed they were contributing to a family's essential survival and happiness. In the transformation from a rural to an urban society, children are — though they might not agree — robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible work. At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends (1967); also quoted in Childhood Revisited (1974) by Joel I. Milgram and Dorothy June Sciarra, p. 90

„The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests.“

— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Context: The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament. [http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=11709 Letter to Nikita Khrushchev] (13 April 1959, published 20 April 1959)

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