As I write, I’m watching some talking head being interviewed by Andrea Mitchell, passionately arguing that the current situation in Afghanistan is the problem of the last three American administrations, leaving the Bush administration, which started this, out of the problem. The problem, basically, the guy suggests, is Obama and Biden missteps. I gather, he was an advisor in the room with #45, who basically seems to get a pass, after four years on the job.
Advisors give often conflicting advice, and argue their positions passionately. Bush, Obama, #45, and Biden, and every President, are the ones left to make the final decision…and be crucified or idolized by one side or another…like the persuasive sounding idiot I was listening to this morning. Truman’s sign on the desk, “The Buck Stops Here”, was accurate.
Just another day in disinformation, this time presented persuasively – but nonetheless BS.
History is a good teacher. Endings of wars are messy. WWII was not a pleasant memory to Germans, and it was years till it recovered, thanks to things like the Marshall Plan. Millions of Americans had German ancestry, including myself.
While you’re deciding which talking head to believe, if you’re old enough to remember, think back to the end of other wars – WWI, Vietnam, Iraq, Korea et al – and the abundant lessons to learn from them, among which is that wars are never really won; they simply take a break til the next war, premised on the excuse of the day.
I headline this post “Seeing Ike” because of a recent question answered about the President I knew as a kid.
I was 12 when Dwight Eisenhower was elected President. He was, of course, hero of heroes in WWII. He was President until I was well into my college years.
I liked Ike.
Ike could have run for President as either a Republican or Democrat.
For years I have remembered the single time I actually saw Eisenhower in person, in a motorcade in Minot ND. I thought it was in 1953, when I had just turned 13, just out of 7th grade.
Little more than a week ago, August 18, I decided to try to find out if my memory was accurate, and I decided to ask a question of the Eisenhower Library in Abilene Kansas, a place I had actually visited with my Dad in 1983.
I was amazed at the fast turnaround, and the precisely presented answers to my question.
With thanks to Linda Smith at the Library: “Thank you for your inquiry. President Eisenhower did visit Minot, ND, on June 10, 1953.. According to our trip database, he made a trip to the northern states of Minnesota and North Dakota. Here is what the log says about the trip:
I responded back to her: “Thank you. It is odd how certain things stick in ones mind – lodged there for years and years. I remembered the then-Air Force One flying in from the southeast. Of course, it wasn’t the current edition!
I sent a note to my siblings with a little more: “To a few of you who I think would find this of interest. Start at the end and work up.