03-09 Eisenhower's Foreign Policy

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Eisenhower’s Foreign Policy 9 March 2006 Reading:  - He understood the limits of American power, and was after all a career military officer. Given his  experience, he knew exactly what he could accomplish with our power in the world. Eisenhower’s  realism saved us from any number of potential disasters. He was though an orthodox cold warrior,  who had lived through the 1930s and shared the conviction of his generation that that US must  never again be guilty of appeasement. 1950s represented the high mark of anti-communism  fanaticism. Eisenhower was affected by that. In his foreign policy then, you see a balancing act  between his underlying sense of realism and his commitment to Cold War ideology. Most often his  realism shined through more often.  - 1953 – Iran. Problem there was not communism but nationalism. By the early 1950s the Iranians  were tired of being dominated by the western powers, particularly having the British pumping all  their oil and keeping virtually all the profits. They wanted that wealth to remain in their own country.  To ensure that it would, the leader of Iran, Prime Minister  Mohammed Mossadeq , in 1951  nationalized all the oil fields and refineries. Meaning, the Iranian government declared that they 
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course HIST 320 taught by Professor Singal during the Spring '06 term at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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