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Post Link Posted: Sat Feb 18 2012 1:08 pm
Post subject: STUPID Americans Plan Another Hero's Memorial! After CHINKS Screwed Up The King Thing!
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The Martin Luther King memorial was screwed up when the "committee"
opted to let the Chinese do it.

Maybe they should ask the Germans or Italians to do the EISENHOWER
thing!

============================="Eisenhower Memorial misses the man"

Op-Ed
By George F. Will
February 17, 2012



Two coming developments, one dismal and one excellent, pertain to
America’s memory of a great man. One of several oversight panels soon
will consider a proposed memorial to Dwight Eisenhower. The proposal
is an exhibitionistic triumph of theory over function — more a
monument to its creator, Frank Gehry, practitioner of architectural
flamboyance, than to the most underrated president. Fortunately, on
Tuesday comes Jean Edward Smith’s biography “Eisenhower in War and
Peace,” which demonstrates why the man’s achievements merit a memorial
better than the proposed one.

Filling four acres across Independence Avenue from the National Mall,
the memorial will have a colonnade of huge limestone-clad columns from
which will hang 80-foot stainless-steel mesh “tapestries” depicting
images evocative of Eisenhower’s Kansas youth. And almost as an
afterthought, there will be a statue of Eisenhower — as a boy.

Philip Kennicott, The Post’s cultural critic, says that the statue
suggests Eisenhower “both innocent of and yet pregnant with whatever
failings history ultimately attributes to his career.”

Failings? A memorial is not an exhaustive assessment, it is a
celebration of a preponderance of greatness.

Kennicott praises Gehry’s project because it allows visitors “space to
form their own assessment of Eisenhower’s legacy.” But memorials are
not seminars, they are reminders that a person esteemed by the nation
lived and is worth learning more about.

Kennicott says that Gehry’s project acknowledges that “few great men
are absolutely great, without flaws and failings.” Good grief. If Ike,
with all his defects, was not great, cancel the memorial.

Kennicott celebrates the “relatively small representation of
Eisenhower” because “there were other Eisenhowers right behind him,
other men who could have done what he did, who would have risen to the
occasion if they had been tapped.” How sweetly democratic: Greatness
can be tapped hither and yon. But if greatness is so abundant and
assured, it is hardly greatness, so cancel all memorials.

So far, the best remembrance of Eisenhower is Smith’s superb biography
of one of three Americans (with Washington and Grant) who were world
figures before becoming president. Eisenhower entered the White House
having dealt with such demanding military men as John Pershing,
Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall, then FDR, Churchill, Stalin
(Eisenhower was the only foreigner ever to stand alongside Stalin atop
Lenin’s tomb), de Gaulle and others in the excruciatingly complex task
of conducting coalition warfare with the largest multinational force
ever assembled.

Intellectuals and journalists, who are often the last to learn things,
regarded Eisenhower as amiable and mediocre. He was neither. He was
cold (see Smith on Eisenhower’s dismissal of his wartime companion Kay
Summersby). He was steely (a three-to-four-pack-a-day smoker, he quit
when “I simply gave myself an order”). He was brutal (he used
financial pressure to bring Britain to heel during the 1956 Suez
crisis). He was subtle (he assisted de Gaulle’s seizure of power in
France in 1944, contrary to FDR’s fervent wishes). He was audacious
(he evaded Churchill by dealing directly with Stalin).

After Eisenhower quickly liquidated a stalemated war in Korea, no
American died in combat during his presidency. Twice, concerning the
French besieged at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam and during the Formosa
Strait crisis, he resisted — a president with less military confidence
might not have — his most senior advisers advocating the use of
nuclear weapons.

Smith is most mind-opening regarding Eisenhower on race. In February
1953 — 15 months before Brown v. Board of Education — he vowed to use
every power of his office to end segregation in the District of
Columbia and the armed forces — two-thirds of Army units were still
segregated five years after President Truman’s integration order. By
October 1954, no more segregated units existed.

In 1957, he sent the 101st Airborne to integrate Little Rock’s Central
High School. In 1958, he told the Red Cross to ignore a Louisiana law
requiring that blood from black and white donors be segregated. This
was in character: In 1942, when Australia desperately sought U.S.
troops but said a law prohibited blacks from entering the country,
Gen. Eisenhower said, “All right. No troops.” Australia quickly saw
the light.

Smith, biographer of Lucius Clay, John Marshall, Grant and FDR,
writes: “[Eisenhower] was buried in a government-issue, eighty-dollar
pine coffin, wearing his famous Ike jacket with no medals or
decorations other than his insignia of rank.” His memory should not be
buried beneath a grandiose memorial that contributes only to the
worsening clutter on and around the Mall.

[georgewill@washpost.com]

www.washingtonpos....ry.html





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