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Postwar America U.S.    dominates global affairs Despite disagreements on detail, he shared Truman’s basic view of American foreign  policy.  He, too, perceived Communism as a monolithic force struggling for world  supremacy.  In his first inaugural address, he declared, "Forces of good and evil are  massed and armed and opposed as rarely before in history. Freedom is pitted against  slavery, lightness against dark." The new president and his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, had argued that  containment did not go far enough to stop Soviet expansion. Rather, a more aggressive  policy of liberation was necessary, to free those subjugated by Communism. But when a  democratic rebellion broke out in Hungary in 1956, the United States stood back as 
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Unformatted text preview: Soviet forces suppressed it. Eisenhower's basic commitment to contain Communism remained, and to that end he increased American reliance on a nuclear shield. The United States had created the first atomic bombs. In 1950 Truman had authorized the development of a new and more powerful hydrogen bomb. Eisenhower, fearful that defense spending was out of control, reversed Truman’s NSC-68 policy of a large conventional military buildup. Relying on what Dulles called "massive retaliation," the administration signaled it would use nuclear weapons if the nation or its vital interests were attacked....
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