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This is a short diary.  There are probably bigger issues from the debate.

But John McCain said Eisenhower offered his resignation in the letter he wrote in case the D-Day invasion failed.

He did no such thing.

Here's what McCain said:

You've mentioned President Dwight David Eisenhower. President Eisenhower, on the night before the Normandy invasion, went into his room, and he wrote out two letters.

One of them was a letter congratulating the great members of the military and allies that had conducted and succeeded in the greatest invasion in history, still to this day, and forever.

And he wrote out another letter, and that was a letter of resignation from the United States Army for the failure of the landings at Normandy.

Somehow we've lost that accountability. I've been heavily criticized because I called for the resignation of the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. We've got to start also holding people accountable, and we've got to reward people who succeed.

Here's a link to a page with what Eisenhower actually wrote: LINK.  Kossack "bottles" below found the link to the actual document.

I know it's a very short diary, but I hardly ever write these.  Too busy with work and the kids.  Please be gentle.  I knew as soon as McCain said this that Eisenhower never offered to resign.

Originally posted to William S Martin on Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 07:56 PM PDT.

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