That reminded me of an interesting exchange between Eisenhower and his vice president, Richard Nixon. Nixon remarked that he believed Stonewall Jackson was the best general of the war. Eisenhower replied he didn't think so - Grant had captured three intact armies, used tactics that defied logic, and accomplished his objective within one year of taking command. Pretty remarkable!I'm reminded of a quote by... I think Eisenhower? about the "fury of an aroused democracy." I'll have to look that up.
ETA Yup, as quoted by Stephen Ambrose: "...Dwight Eisenhower would write his brother Milton on the day Germany invaded Poland and began World War II. ‘Hitler should beware the fury of an aroused democracy.’ And they were determined to demonstrate the truth of something he wrote in 1947, as the Cold War was beginning. ‘It would be a grievous error to forget for one second the strength and might of this great Republic.’" http://www.nationalww2museum.org/ambrose-essay/