Reading up on the Cold War this weekend, I found myself noting a couple of remarks that President Dwight Eisenhower made in 1954. In both instances, Ike was making the same point: the United States couldn't win the Cold War simply by throwing its weight around. Foreign policy may have been what was on Ike's mind, but what he was really talking about was leadership.
“A platoon leader," Ike argued during a news conference,
doesn’t get his platoon to go that way by getting up and saying, ‘I am smarter, I am bigger, I am stronger, I am the leader.’ He gets men to go with him because they want to do it for him, because they believe in him.
"This business of saying we are out in front," Ike remarked during a conversation with a friend later in 1954,
we know all the answers, you boys come along . . . they are just not going to do it, that I can tell you just from the knowledge of people I have.
The GOP candidates, but especially, I believe, Mitt Romney, would do well to take note.