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Apocalypse ManagementEisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity$
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Ira Chernus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758079

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.001.0001

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Mutual Security and the Military Budget

Mutual Security and the Military Budget

(p.167) Chapter 11 Mutual Security and the Military Budget
Apocalypse Management
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This chapter reports the ironies of apocalypse management as they were manifest in President Dwight Eisenhower's approach to military budget, and mutual security. Eisenhower was vastly tormented that Congress and the public protested his calls for major increases in mutual security. The economic benefits of mutual security would develop “those conditions of well-being which are in a very real sense a primary line of defense for the entire free world.” Moreover, Eisenhower proposed that the United States could become “a highly regimented society of an armed camp.” Security relied on quantifiable quantities of progress toward superiority. Furthermore, Eisenhower's hope to limit the military budget resulted in direct conflict with the military and the emotion-management requirements of the New Look. To the end of his presidency, the fundamental issue rested on the spiritual struggle between selfish greed and self-disciplined sacrifice.

Keywords:   military budget, mutual security, apocalypse management, Dwight Eisenhower, United States, New Look

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