Dwight D. Eisenhower: ‘The Military-Industrial Complex’ (3)



Dwight D. Eisenhower: 'The Military-Industrial Complex' (3) :: Dwight D. Eisenhower: 'The Military-Industrial Complex' (3)Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road. So, in this, my last “good night” to you as your president, I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and in peace. I trust that, in that service, you find some things worthy. As for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth; and that in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love. Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it. Thank you, and good night.

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  • ultimate adjective
    someone’s ultimate aim is their main and most important aim, that they hope to achieve in the future  SYN  final

    ultimate goal/aim/objective etc
    Complete disarmament was the ultimate goal of the conference.
    Our ultimate objective is to have as many female members of parliament as there are male.

    insensitive adjective
    1 not noticing, or not taking the care to notice, other people’s feelings, and not realizing when they are upset or when something that you do will upset them : 

    One insensitive official insisted on seeing her husband’s death certificate.
    an insensitive remark
    insensitive to
    She’s totally insensitive to Jack’s feelings.

    2 [ not before noun ]   not paying attention to what is happening or to what people are saying, and therefore not changing your behaviour because of it

    insensitive to
    Companies that are insensitive to global changes will lose sales.
    The service is insensitive to the needs of local people.

    scourge noun
    something that causes a lot of harm or suffering
    scourge of
    the scourge of unemployment
    the scourge of war

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