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Topic: Ch.27: Quest for Consensus, 1952 - 1960 Date: November 16, 2008 10:47 PM Reply Forward Topic: Ch.27: Quest for Consensus, 1952 - 1960 Date: November 16, 2008 10:28 PM Compiled Messages Print Save as File Subject: Chap 27 Author: JENNIFER MORENO The considerations that contributed to Eisenhower’s foreign policy “The New Look” was the need to put fear into these communist nations that were a threat to our democracy. The New Look called for, “a reduction in the size of the army, development of tactical nuclear weapons, and the buildup of strategic air power employing nuclear weapons.” The New Look was the only way Eisenhower felt that we could get control back and stay in control, and that imposing fear on other nations that we would use nuclear weapons against them would keep them in line. The “massive retaliation” was flawed but the biggest question was what if the enemy did not believe that we would use nuclear weapons against them and pushed us to the brink, would we actually use nuclear weapons? And the solution to the problem was to make sure that the enemy had not doubt in their minds that we would. We have developed into a nation that is respected, feared, or despised by other nations. We were challenged with the events that occurred on September 11 and years later we are still trying to prove the point that we will not be intimidated and we will fight for our country at any cost. The Third worlds were “Nations in the Third World claim to be independent and not part of either the Western capitalist or communist blocs. The Cold War neutrality was tested by both sides in the Cold War, as each used a variety of means to include then in their camps.” The problems that these “third world” countries posed were that they may become communist countries and the only way that Eisenhower’s Administration saw to help keep these countries from turning red is by providing stability for them at whatever costs. As states in Kinzers book "Overthrow" "The regime change in Iraq seemed for a time , a very short to have worked. It is clear, however that this operation has had terrible unintended consequences. So have most of the other coups, revoltuions, and invasions that the United States has mounted to despose governments it feared or mistrusted." All the reasons that our President stated for us invaded Iraq have all unraveled or not proven to be true. Our country has been affected by this war it has torn our country apart many citizens are demanding we bring the troops home because they do not believe we are there for the right reasons. I believe that many nations resent us for being a "bully" against other countries that have different beliefs and that dont share our "American Dream". We believe we are a tolerant country but in reality we are not.
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