Chapter 10: "I Shall Go To Korea"
Dwight D. Eisenhower – The “I Shall Go to Korea” Speech
By the Fall of 1952 there were few individuals in America more respected than Dwight D Eisenhower. When he decided to run for President many considered him a shoo-in for the nation’s highest office – but first he had to win the GOP nomination by vanquishing the isolationist wing of the Republican Party. To do so he would need to strum many of the same anti-Communist chords played by his running mate Richard Nixon and even Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy while at the same time maintaining his well-earned credibility on national security affairs. Pledging “I Shall go to Korea” all the while attacking Democrats as soft on Communism allowed to him to straddle both sides of the political fence and cobble together a GOP coalition that would give him the flexibility to govern the nation effectively and chart the course of an international foreign policy. Eisenhower’s greatest legacy, born out of the 1952 campaign, would be the solidifying of a bipartisan consensus on foreign policy that would help win the Cold War.