| The Eisenhower Doctrine |
The Eisenhower Doctrine In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, while the world was repairing itself from the 6-7 years of war (4 years for the US), unseen forces were posed to launch and spring into action once the war was over, an ideology; one that had taken a country over by storm and revolution. These unseen forces were setup in the cold, grim climate of Mockba (Moscow). Josef Stalin, “the Grim Reaper of Communism”, had plans to sow the seeds of Communism throughout the entire Western half of Europe and elsewhere.
While it’s no surprise that when attending the Potsdam Conference in Potsdam, Germany from July 17, 1945 to August 2, 1945, the “Big Three” consisting
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Egypt (under the leadership of Gamal Abdul Nasser) was receiving military aid from the USSR and using these weapons against Israel. Truman was quite concerned with these events (History.com, 2009; Yaqub, 2004). But it was in the Eisenhower Administration that conflict arose between the Arabs and the Israelis. Nasser, in 1956 was issuing plenty of Anti-Western nationalism talk due to his position with the Soviet Union (History.com, 2009). However, Nasser decided to step up his boasting by nationalizing the Suez Canal in July, 1956. This action caused a major conflict between Egypt, Britain, France and Israel in October, 1956 (History.com, 2009; Yaqub, 2004). It was these actions that occurred in October, 1956, that lead to Ike issuing the Eisenhower Doctrine. Ike, noticing tensions in that region, addressed a joint session of Congress in January 5, 1957 and proposed that the United States lend aid to countries that resisted Communism (Yaqub, 2004). Ike was gravely concerned about Communism creeping into the Middle East region. He already had proof of Communist activity due to the alliance between Egypt, Syria, and the USSR. Because of this alliance, the United States pulled out of the Anwar Dam Project, which infuriated Nasser (History.com, 2009). Basically, the Eisenhower Doctrine was conceived to protect the Middle East from the Soviet intervention (Yaqub, 2004). The Eisenhower Doctrine was limited in scope in