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Domino Theory (if one goes they all will).
- Eisenhower, however, did rely increasingly on the CIA
to buy out foreign leaders, labor unions, newspapers and
political parties. The CIA also planted fake stories in
newspapers, trained foreign military officials,
experimented w/mind control drugs, and launched covert
operations to subvert Third World gov’ts.
- The Eisenhower administration also tried to spread
American culture in the USSR and the East (to spark
discontent) through the United States Information
Agency, which funded the Voice of America. There was
also Radio Free Europe & Radio Liberty, funded by the
CIA, which sent anti-Soviet messages, some of which got
- Meanwhile (“kitchen debates” notwithstanding) the arms
race intensified under Eisenhower with the explosion of
the Hydrogen bomb, the first ICBM (USSR), and then
Sputnik (1957), which caused a big ruckus over here and
got us to start NASA in 1958. E/t we actually had a lot
more missiles & crap, we kept worrying about the (nonexistent) “missile gap” and building more.
- In fact, this even got to be a bit much for Eisenhower (it
was tough to balance the budget) so in 1957 some armscontrol proposals were started like the “atoms for peace”
initiative, the “open skies” proposal, and bans on testing.
But none of these agreements really worked out despite
talks in Geneva in 1955.
- Some specific incidents under Eisenhower include: 244 Hungary (1956): When Khrushchev came to
power he denounced Stalin and called for more
toleration, which inspired revolts in Poland and
Hungary. But after the new Hungarian gov’t
decided to withdraw form the Warsaw Pact
Soviet troops crushed the rebellion – and e/t we’d
been sending all that liberation stuff over the
radio, we didn’t do anything (we couldn’t w/o
starting some huge war).
Khrushchev’s Ultimatum (1958): The USSR got
mad b/c we had bombers in West Germany, and
announced that unless we began talks on
German reunification and rearmament they would
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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