Atoms for Peace Analysis

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Dwight D Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States from 1953-1960, is revered as a statesman and great military leader. Born in Texas in 1890 and raised in Kansas to a family that valued education, Eisenhower began a long career as a leader and military officer upon his graduation in 1915 from West Point. Eisenhower is recognized for his leadership and oratorical skills which he applied to both military endeavors and managing the nation. He was fortunate to be mentored by General Fox Conner, in the Panama Canal Zone. Conner encouraged him to study important works of history, military science, and philosophy which Eisenhower applied to his own efforts and experiences. Eisenhower later moved up the military ranks to five star …show more content…

In Eisenhower’s counter arguments, he does concede to the danger and previous issues with atomic warfare. He also admits that his methods on erasing modern warfare are difficult. These concessions contribute to his overall idea because they seem like small drawbacks to the long list of benefits he gives. Eisenhower’s speech had been pre-written and practiced before he delivered it. One thing that Eisenhower did very well in his speech was use pauses to his advantage. The pauses provided emphasis and impact to his words. They also gave him time to compose himself and keep the words moving so that the piece would not seem choppy. It was very interesting that before stating the main idea of his paragraphs, he would take a longer than average pause. This created a curiosity in the audience. For example, Eisenhower states that, “I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new… That new language is the language of atomic warfare.” Before the second sentence in that quotation, which was the most important sentence in the paragraph, Eisenhower took a very long pause. Overall, Eisenhower’s delivery was well done and gave new meaning to the words. This speech was possibly a tipping point for worldwide focus on peaceful uses of atomic energy. It could be argued that Eisenhower was attempting to convey a feeling of comfort to a terrified world that the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would not be


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