Monday, September 06, 2004

Zell's Hazy Memory

Did anyone catch this part of Zell Miller's speech:

Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers.

Sorry, but Eisenhower never commanded U.S. (make that UN) troops in Korea--that would have been Douglas MacArthur, Matthew Ridgeway, and James Van Fleet. Eisenhower was president for the last six months of the war, but the frontlines hardly budged between his inauguration and when the armistice was signed in July 1953.


Palooka said...

By "commanded" I assumed he meant as president. And, yes, Eisenhower did end the war pretty quickly, didn't he?

MWS said...

Eisenhower was head of NATO for most of the war. He didn't "end" the war once he become president. Rumors about him threatening to use nukes are apparently not true. Stalin died and the Russians decided it was time to end it.