“The only way to win World War III is to prevent it.”
— President Dwight David Eisenhower
Dwight David Eisenhower is only one of five U.S. servicemen to have ever held the rank of General of the Army. The others were George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Henry H. Arnold, and Omar Bradley. Their five stars set them off from all other men who claimed the rank of “general.” Although Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan held the title during the late 19th century, they wore four stars.
Having lead many victorious battles during World War II, Eisenhower organized the Invasion of Normandy, driving the Nazis back and culminating in the surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945. After a stint as president of Columbia University, where he wrote his autobiography, “Crusade in Europe,” he decided to run for president of the United States in 1952.
During his two terms of office, he gave a number of memorable speeches. Probably the best known address had to do with the build up of a military-industrial complex, which drove the Vietnam War and probably all wars ever since. Less well remembered was his warning that, if World War III were to occur, it would start in the Middle East...