This Day In History, November 19th, 2020 – “Eisenhower Commands NATO”


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(A man of many suits, all American. Dwight Eisenhower. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.)

It was just 70 years ago today, November 19, 1950, when General Dwight Eisenhower, the Great Crusader who defeated NAZI Germany, was asked to take command of a new organization, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. Designed to combat the spread of the red menace, NATO was the military wing of the new front of Capitalism against the threats of Soviet Communist aggression.

Eisenhower was a good candidate, having proven himself to be more than capable in handling the political scenes behind the frontline soldier. Eisenhower effectively organized NATO, providing a strong buffer to the Commies, and impressed so many people back in the states, that the Republican Party would later ask Ike to run for President in 1952, which he did, and would serve his country once more as the 34th President of the United States. It is often said that a leader’s job is to serve, and not be served, so true was the life of Dwight Eisenhower.


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