The crsises of 1956 weren’t all about civil rights. In October, a month before the US presidential election, two world events exploded on the map and each, in its own way, helped set the stage for the Cold War in the 60s and 70s as well as the US role in the middle east. The first treated here is the Suez, the second will be Hungary.
Look at the chapter first of all, “Leapfrogging Containment”. Who is “leapfrogging” what? Compare to cordon sanitaire and you should figure it out. C’mon. I know you can.
The big question here for Kissinger and for us is the extent to which the US should have stood by France and GB in their scheme to regain control of the canal? We didn’t, and things played out as they did. The question may be asked here though; who won? Remember Kissinger assesses the USSR as being the big loser in Korea. Who was the loser here? Did we “win” by not creating a wider war?
Finally, click on link below of Time magazine’s interview with Obama from last year on US foreign policy. Any suprises here? In the excellent article (available to subscribers only) which preceeds the interview Eisenhower is cited by the author of the interview and the article, Fareed Zakaria,an author of several books on USFP, as an “excellent” president in international terms. Interesting to compare that to the “impression of unrelieved failure” quote from Ambrose.
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