What Eisenhower said is interesting for his opinion, but he's being quoted because it's supposed to prove something about Lee which is not warranted by Eisenhower's training, expertise, or experience.I said I value what President Eisenhower said. How can you disagree with that? I know value conflicts can be hard to resolve, but there are lots of ways to address value conflicts constructively. One of the most appealing resolution strategies for value conflicts is one that seeks a state of coexistence or tolerance. That shouldn't be hard to achieve in this thread if everyone respects each other and the rights of folks to have differing values and/or views. Like the Confederate soldier said in the greatest movie of all time, "I'm fightin' for my rights. All of us here, that's what we're fighting for."
When Ike comments on Lee as a general, then he's within his realm of expertise and his words are authoritative. When he comments on things outside that, then his opinion doesn't matter.