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Wanna Be Like Ike

There are some people who criticize President Bush's attitude and truthfulness when he talks about the current situation in Iraq, because they think he should he should be the bearer of more bad news in leveling with Americans about what is happening there.

I on the other hand, through much research on former war time leaders throughout American history, have come across a fine example of war time leadership that George W. Bush may be trying to emulate with his positivity. Both of the next two quotes are from books by Stephen E. Ambrose about Dwight Eisenhower, better known as Ike.
"Without confidence, enthusiasm, optimism in the command, victory is scarcely obtainable."
"Eisenhower also realized that 'optimism and pessimism are infectious and spread more rapidly from the head downward than in any other direction.' He saw two additional advantages to a cheerful and hopeful attitude by the commander: First, the "habit tends to minimize potentialities within the individual himself to become demoralized.' Second, it 'has a most extraordinary effect upon all with whom he comes in contact. With this clear realization, I firmly determined that my mannerisms and speech in public would always reflect the cheerful certainty of victory - that any pessimism and discourage I might ever feel would be reserved for my pillow. .'
So the next time President Bush is talking about the progress being made in Iraq, and you are having a hard time swallowing the sunny outlook he is giving you. Then just remember the last two quotes and think about how important it is for the leader of a nation at war to remain positive about its outcome, because not only do the soldiers in the field need to see that confident man in charge, the whole nation does. There is no room for pessimism at the top.

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