Greenstein who, in his article “A Look at the Evidence” characterized Eisenhower as an astute politician who was actively involved in shaping public policies and carefully considered all aspects of an issue before making a decision. Greenstein faults the false perception of Eisenhower to his inconspicuous, low-key leadership approach which served him well in managing the victory in WWII and was also effective during his two terms as President. As might be expected, there is little to compare in these two articles, each presenting opposing views regarding the effectiveness of this particular former President.
Brand’s article characterizes Eisenhower based primarily upon his effectiveness as a leader in developing a National Security policy, an on-going practice throughout his term of office that provided few acceptable conclusions.
This analysis is based primarily upon outside evidence as seen in the actual events that unfolded rather than through any kind of inside evidence that details the president’s actual involvement in the discussions that were held. For example, much of the article focuses upon the actions of Congress and of specialized committees that were convened to discuss the various issues involved in nuclear armament.