Robert R. Bowie, and Richard H. Immerman's "Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy"

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The history of the Cold War was one of suspense and countermoves by the U.S. and the USSR to prevent the domination of spheres of influence. Although it was not a war in the scientific sense, the clash over ideologies (Marxism and Capitalistic Democracy), placed the balance of power in limbo, and the prospect of an unintentional third World War. Waging Peace by Robert Bowie and Richard Immerman, offers a superb account on the true events behind the development, and implementation of the strategy of containment of the USSR. They presented a most captivating list of facts that were well research, and only now can one fully grasp the extent and involvement of Eisenhower and Dulles, in the decision making. Bowie and Immerman, who both came …show more content…
Their argument was that, we should build an “American Gibraltar” whilst relying on a unilateral nuclear defense.9p.11). In view of their preposterous statement, one must ask; why then did we rush to the aid of Europe in WWII if it wasn’t in our national interest? Undeniably, Truman had the common sense to reject their proposal, since he knew like with Hitler; if the Russians were to win in Europe, they could be knocking at our doorstep which they did in Cuba. Although the Truman administration made great progress in halting Russian Marxist aggression in Western Europe and areas of U.S. interest, such as in Iran, and Turkey. His policy did not address the long term sustainable strategic security of the United States. As a result of this failure, Eisenhower was forced to implement a more formidable strategy. According to both authors, they acknowledged that right from the start Eisenhower started reviewing the plan, and was shocked at its alarming weaknesses. Furthermore, the death of Stalin left much doubt that of who was in charge of the country, and how they might react to Eisenhower’s new strategy. Bowie and Immerman argued that even though Truman was responsible for the initial stage of the strategy in his support for the “Free people” of the world; much credit should go to President Eisenhower. Truman’s doctrine sought to reassure the free world with his statement of support for “Free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by

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