Or look at Nixon and Vietnam. He took charge of the war effort with Kissinger advising him and brought us very, very close to achieving our goals there. Only Congress holding his hands and Watergate got in the way of achieving real victory.
Leave troop command to the generals. They've been trained for it.
BTW, I think President Truman was the last president to actually "hitch a ride" on a navy warship, a cruiser IIRC. That was on his way back from the Potsdam conference after the Germans surrendered.
Nixon, I'm sure learned a lot from Eisenhower, but all he really had to do was quit the micromanaging of the war that Johnson's administration was doing and let the Generals fight the war
I've read when he died, even the Japanese, who were still at war with us, expressed "profound sympathy" for our loss. The Germans, however, were gleeful, of course.
Truman finished off WWII bluntly and fantastically, no doubt...But the man knew nothing upon coming into office and yet gets a lot of credit. But a lot of the stuff which helped him win the war--the development of te Atomic Bomb, etc--was carried out under Roosevelt; Most of the way the war was fought was planned by Roosevelt, with the Generals carrying out the actual specifics and logistics. A perfect marriage, really.
Nixon loved Eisenhower. He claimed to have cried when Ike died. Ike didn't like Nixon nearly as much. But what about the invasions of Laos and Cambodia, the mining and the Christmas Bombings of '72--weren't these moves done in large measure under the direction of Nixon?
He took President Roosevelt to Malta to Attend the Conference at Yalta
USS Quincy (CA-71)
Boatswain’s mate Angelo Marinelli knew something big was up when a bathtub was brought aboard his ship, the heavy cruiser USS Quincy, in December 1944 while it was moored at the Boston Navy Yard.
At the Navy yard in Boston they not only installed a tub in the admiral’s quarters on the heavy cruiser, but a small elevator was also put in to take Roosevelt’s wheelchair from the admiral’s poop deck down to the main deck 10 feet below. In addition there was a mahogany and stainless steel gangplank used only to take FDR on and off the ship.
“We met the president at Newport News , Va. It was a very big secret when he came aboard ship,” Marinelli said. “It was the middle of the afternoon when Roosevelt arrived. We all had to go below deck. Nobody was allowed topside, except a Marine detachment with rifles.
“After he was aboard, we went to sea. It wasn’t until the next morning when we got up, that along came Roosevelt in his wooden wheelchair with his Filipino valet. The president was accompanied by Adm. King. The admiral was a short guy with stripes past his elbow,” he said. “The president’s daughter, Ann was with him too.”
“I was part of the deck crew and we were going about our normal jobs when the president was on deck. He stopped for a moment and watched us do our work. He was covered with a horse blanket and was wearing a jockey cap.
“I don’t think we were allowed to talk to him. So there I am working away and there was my president looking right at me. I smiled at him. He smiled back. When he did, he only had one front tooth,” Marinelli said.
He had, McDowell, McClellan (x2), Burnside, Hooker and Meade. all of them ineffectual until Grant took over as GIC of the overall Army. Grant wasn't a drunk as it was largely politics brought that claim to the front. He didn't drink any more than the majority of people of the day, in fact at times much less.
I'm not saying that Nixon didn't play a role, just that he let the Generals fight the war the way it was suppose to be fought.
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