After a triumphant motorcade through Chicago streets amid swirling confetti, retiring U.S. President Eisenhower met?
SOF extract 1.
"We have become the strongest military power on earth. But just as the biblical Job had his boils, we have a cult of professional pessimists who, taking counsel of their fears, continually mouth the allegation that America has become a second rate power. This extraordinary assertion amazes our friends in the world who know people who have examined our seven and a half year record of military expansion and who are not used to hearing their gigantic defence efforts so belittled.
SOF extract 2.
"When the men of the Kremlin flagrantly misrepresent the facts by saying that we seek to subjugate one of our near neighbors, when they are apparently hoping to divert world attention from the domination they maintain over once free and proud people - people who have been guilty of nothing under the sun save a craving for the right to live as they themselves choose to live. The Soviet dictator has said that he has, in his recent journeys and speeches, succeeding in damaging the prestige of America. Now this is indeed an empty boast. Concerning this matter of comparative national prestige, I challenge him to make this test: Will he agree to the holding of free elections under the sponsorship of the United Nations - to permit people everywhere, to vote on one single, simple issue. That issue is: Do you want to live under a Communist regime or under a free system such as is found in the United States?"
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Background: After a triumphant motorcade through Chicago streets amid swirling confetti, retiring U.S. President Eisenhower met by Vice-President Nixon at the Republican Convention July 26 said the U.S. was the strongest military power on earth. In a challenge to the "Soviet dictator", Eisenhower said every nation on every continent should be allowed to vote for the choice of life under Communism or a free system as found in the United States.