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Cold War A map of the geopolitical situation in For three decades Eisenhower had designed increasingly complex war plans. Upon taking office as president, he now set himself to designing the basic American strategy for fighting the Cold War against world communism.
Eisenhower planned for the full mobilization of American society, and especially the technological superiority to promote military preparedness, intelligence services, and covert action by the CIA.
According to biographer William I. Elaborate security measures to combat domestic spying Longer tours of duty for draftees, inclusion of women into the armed services As both the United States and the Soviet Union possessed nuclear weapons, any conflict presented the risk of escalation into nuclear warfare.
Malenkov proposed a "peaceful coexistence" with the West, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill proposed a summit of the world leaders. Fearing that the summit would delay the rearmament of West Germanyand skeptical of Malenkov's intentions and ability to stay in power, the Eisenhower administration nixed the summit idea.
In April, Eisenhower delivered his " Chance for Peace speech ," in which he called for an armistice in Korea, free elections to re-unify Germany, the "full independence" of Eastern European nations, and United Nations control of atomic energy.
Though well received in the West as the marking the beginning of dialogue between the Western bloc and the Eastern blocthe Soviet leadership viewed Eisenhower's speech as little more than propaganda.
Ina more confrontational leader took charge in the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev. Eisenhower became increasingly skeptical of the possibility of cooperation with the Soviet Union after it refused to support his Atoms for Peace proposal, which called for the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the creation of nuclear power plants.
The product of a series of meetings with senior cabinet-level officials, consultations with National Security Council personnel Project Solariumand a comprehensive defense review by the Joint Chiefs of Staffit reflected Eisenhower's desire for a sustainable long-term U.
Historian Saki Dockrill argues that his long-term strategy was to promote the collective security of NATO and other American allies, strengthen the Third World against Soviet pressures, avoid another Korea, and produce a climate that would slowly and steadily weaken Soviet power and influence.
Dockrill points to Eisenhower's use of multiple assets against the Soviet Union: Eisenhower knew that the United States had many other assets that could be translated into influence over the Soviet bloc—its democratic values and institutions, its rich and competitive capitalist economy, its intelligence technology and skills in obtaining information as to the enemy's capabilities and intentions, its psychological warfare and covert operations capabilities, its negotiating skills, and its economic and military assistance to the Third World.
Over 40, prisoners from the two countries refused repatriation, but North Korea and China nonetheless demanded their return. Keefer says that in accepting the American demands that POWs could refuse to return to their home country, "China and North Korea still swallowed the bitter pill, probably forced down in part by the atomic ultimatum.
Critics have produced conspiracy theories about the causal factors, but according to historian Stephen M. Streeter, CIA documents show the United Fruit Company UFCO played no major role in Eisenhower's decision, that Soviet influence was also minimal, and that the Eisenhower administration did not need to be forced into the action by any lobby groups.
Streeter Identifies three major interpretive perspectives, "Realist," "Revisionist," and "Postrevisionist': Realists, who concern themselves primarily with power politics, have generally blamed the Cold War on an aggressive, expansionist Soviet empire. Because realists believe that Arbenz was a Soviet puppet, they view his overthrow as the necessary rollback of communism in the Western Hemisphere.
Revisionists, who place the majority of the blame for the Cold War on the United States, emphasize how Washington sought to expand overseas markets and promote foreign investment, especially in the Third World.
Postrevisionists, a difficult group to define precisely, incorporate both strategic and economic factors in their interpretation of the Cold War. They tend to agree with revisionists on the issue of Soviet responsibility, but they are much more concerned with explaining the cultural and ideological influences that warped Washington's perception of the Communist threat.
According to postrevisionists, the Eisenhower administration officials turned against Arbenz because they failed to grasp that he represented a nationalist rather than a communist.
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Johnson to defeat the amendment. Senate inwith a vote. Later ina watered-down version of the amendment missed the required two-thirds majority in the Senate by one vote. The administration backed an arrangement devised by Churchill and British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden in which West Germany was rearmed, became a fully sovereign member of NATO, and promised not to establish atomic, biological, or chemical weapons programs.
European leaders also created the Western European Union to coordinate European defense. Austriawhich had been jointly-occupied by the Soviet Union and the Western powers, regained its sovereignty with the Austrian State Treaty.
As part of the arrangement that ended the occupation, Austria declared its neutrality after gaining independence. The United States dropped overpropaganda leaflets in Eastern Europe between andand Radio Free Europe sent broadcasts throughout the region.
A uprising in East Germany briefly stoked the administration's hopes of a decline in Soviet influence, but the USSR quickly crushed the insurrection. Ina major uprising broke out in Hungary. After Hungarian leader Imre Nagy promised the institution of multiparty democracy and a withdrawal from the Warsaw PactSoviet leader Nikita Khrushchev dispatched 60, soldiers into Hungary, and the rebellion was violently crushed.
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