March 23, 2012
Debate on Ike memorial misses biggest issues
There's yet another newspaper op-ed debating the proposed D.C. memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and conflict over the memorial's design.
Missing from the Eisenhower memorial debate, in this column as in others, though, are two issues.
A. Do we want more clutter on the Mall?
B. Is Eisenhower worthy of a presidential memorial?
On A, I say no, and I say no to more National Park Service units without more budget.
On B, although it's not specifically identified as a presidential memorial, I say no. His famous "military-industrial complex" comment aside, post-Brown, he was a huge foot-dragger on support for desegregation. And, worse about it yet in private.