Farewell Address

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Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation

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Travel With Us. His objective was to say something clearly, as precisely and briefly as possible.

Eisenhower’s farewell addresses: A speechwriter remembers

Eisenhower did not demonize the military-industrial complex. Associated Press, December 10, He had built up and stimulated the idea within the American public that this threat was existential. Eisenhower had a long history of concern over the growth and cost of the military, especially the air force, and the lobby industry in Washington that promoted expansion. We should take nothing for granted.

As I often point out, the amount of money the Army gets for weapons each year is a fraction of what Americans spend on beer or cigarettes.

John F. At the Smithsonian Visit. Despite his sadness that peace was not in sight, the great Allied commander offered a closing prayer to the world from America. Retrieved Mac and I even found time to complete a little book, Hats in the Ring , published by Random House in So the "military-industrial complex" shrunk by two-thirds, and became a much smaller factor in the nation's economic life.

Eisenhower’s Farewell Warning

We looked at our confrontation with the Soviet Union and made a political judgment that we would permanently mobilize to be able to respond to that Soviet threat. If we do too much it will cost us our money.

Congress saw to it that the contracting bounty was spread around to home districts all across the country. He hoped, he said, that the Congress might invite him to address them before he left office, at which time he would like to make a 10 minute farewell address to the Congress and the American people.

Ike's Warning Of Military Expansion, 50 Years Later

All rights reserved. He delivered the address nationally on radio and television at 8: During his first three years as President, Eisenhower actually managed to cut the federal budget, largely by controlling defense expenditures.

The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.