Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. –Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Farewell Address to the Nation” (January 17, 1961)
Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war–as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years–I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.
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This is the speech in which Eisenhower also warned:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
Dwight D. Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969. His New York Times obituary.