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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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The Trap

The Trap

(p.77) Chapter 5 The Trap
Apocalypse Management
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This chapter describes how the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower was trapped in what has been viewed as the basic dilemma of the New Look. The Indochina crisis connected all the strings of the trap that Eisenhower had woven for himself. The United States needed a tougher policy in Indochina. Designed for just such a situation as Indochina, the New Look strategy was inefficient when placed to the test. It is observed that the “free world” appeared less secure than ever. The goal of Eisenhower's administration was to keep sufficiency escapes secured to keep the dikes from breaking down completely and inundating the “free world.” Eisenhower acknowledged that the “free world” was a slight bonding of “allies of convenience under the communist threat.”

Keywords:   Dwight Eisenhower, trap, Indochina, United States, New Look, free world, war

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