Reluctant Champions: U.S. Presidential Policy and Strategic Export Controls, Truman, Eisenhower, Bush, and Clinton

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THE TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION

Politics Doesn't Stop at the Water's Edge

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ANITCOMMUNISM

From August to October 1945, a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee made a tour of Europe and the Near East. 1 Leaked to the press in June 1946, their trip report called for an end to “any semblance of appeasement.” It blasted not only scandalous Soviet activities (telling tales of “pillage, rape, and torture”) in Czechoslovakia and Poland, but also the “ineffective American effort to counter them.” 2 Though only two members of the subcommittee, Karl E. Mundt (R-SD) and Francis P. Bolton (R-OH), completed the tour, the other two members of the subcommittee, Thomas S. Gordon (D-IL) and Joseph P. Ryter (D-CT), signed this crucial part of the report. 3

The longtime chair of the Foreign Affairs committee, Sol Bloom (D-NY), refused to bring the report before the full committee. Bloom accused Mundt of leaking advance copies of what he called a “malicious and vicious” report. Bloom contended that the report would undermine ministerial talks among Britain, France, Russia, and the United States taking place in Paris at that time. 4

In the euphoric months of victory in late 1945 and early 1946, many Americans viewed Russia as a valiant partner against fascism. After the Nazi invasion of

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • One - Domestic Politics and Export Controls 13
  • Two - Dual-Use Export Controls in Historical Perspective 31
  • Three - The Truman Administration 51
  • Four - The Eisenhower Administration 84
  • Five - The Bush Administration 118
  • Six - The Clinton Administration 158
  • Seven - Conclusion 210
  • Notes 231
  • Index 273
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