View Full Version : Quote from Eisenhower on Pre-emptive War?

06-21-2007, 12:00 PM
Anyone have the exact quote, it was about how Pre-Emptive war was a creation of Hitler.



Shmuel Spade
06-21-2007, 02:11 PM
Wikiquote (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower) says it's unsourced. The usual wording is that one found on antiwar.com (http://antiwar.com/quotes.php), "Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing."

EDIT: The links barely show up on this forum, so I've underlined them.

06-21-2007, 03:32 PM
Even if he did say it, there's a whole lot of people out there who think that Ike was not that great. So they're not going to care what he said.

06-21-2007, 04:11 PM
Ike also said to beware of the Military Industrial Complex. You can say that again!

Shmuel Spade
06-21-2007, 06:45 PM
Ike didn't seem to complain when the CIA undertook Operation Ajax.

06-21-2007, 07:40 PM
Yep, Ike wasn't an angel. I think guilt may have been a factor in warning about the MIC.

07-21-2007, 10:14 PM
This may be it.


Scroll down to 1954.

"All of us have heard this term 'preventive war' since the earliest days of Hitler. I recall that is about the first time I heard it. In this day and time, if we believe for one second that nuclear fission and fusion, that type of weapon, would be used in such a war--what is a preventive war?

I would say a preventive war, if the words mean anything, is to wage some sort of quick police action in order that you might avoid a terrific cataclysm of destruction later.

A preventive war, to my mind, is an impossibility today. How could you have one if one of its features would be several cities lying in ruins, several cities where many, many thousands of people would be dead and injured and mangled, the transportation systems destroyed, sanitation implements and systems all gone? That isn't preventive war; that is war.

I don't believe there is such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing."

The other version is much more compact though.