December 27, 2010

Great and good are seldom the same man

"Great and good are seldom the same man."
Winston Churchill

Great men I venture do not set out to be great men, but effective men. A contemporary of Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, one of the top three United States presidents, had to use untruths, half truths and misdirection to help England stave off Hitler when America was in it's isolationist period. He initiated Lend-Lease, a put up way to provide arms to England, and convinced Congress that we had to build up our military, which was drastically out of date and inadequate to fight a war that he knew was going to involve his country. He juggled the truth or outright lied to prepare his country for what was to come. It did, of course, on December 7, 1941 when Japan struck at Pearl Harbor. He is judged by history as a great U.S. president, but he shepherded America during those years prior to Pearl Harbor with misdirection's and half truths which were thought by some to be unethical and morally wrong. Great and good are seldom the same man.

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