Eisenhower's New Look

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    • US continued built up a global web of anti communist alliances
    • Military power was key
    • Sending aid to resist communist insurgency in countries    
    • ·      No attempt was to be made by force to recover territory that was already communist
    • An increased reliance on nuclear weapons    
    •   ·      In the event of a war with the USSR, nuclear weapons were now regarded as first choice and not last resort- “Massive Retaliation”
    • ·      Believed that nuclear weapons would not only deter communist aggression but also advance the goals of US diplomacy
    • ·      “The ability to get to the verge without getting into war is the necessary art. If you try to run away with it, if you are scared of the brink, then you are lost”- Dulles- Secretary of State, 1956
    • ·      Rejected the NSC 68 view of building up both conventional and nuclear weapons- Eisenhower believed US could not afford both
    • “More bang for the buck”    
    • Increased use of covert operations- the CIA- eg Iran and Guatemala    
    • preferred negotiation with both USSR and China    
    • Theory of nuclear deterrence


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