Two Centuries of U. S. Foreign Policy: The Documentary Record

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development of economic strength dedicated to the maintenance of national independence.

It would, in the second place, authorize the Executive to undertake in the same region programs of military assistance and cooperation with any nation or group of nations which desires such aid.

It would, in the third place, authorize such assistance and cooperation to include the employment of the armed forces of the United States to secure and protect the territorial integrity and political independence of such nations, requesting such aid, against overt armed aggression from any nation controlled by International Communism.

These measures would have to be consonant with the treaty obligations of the United States, including the Charter of the United Nations and with any action or recommendations of the United Nations. They would also, if armed attack occurs, be subject to the overriding authority of the United Nations Security Council in accordance with the Charter.

The present proposal would, in the fourth place, authorize the President to employ, for economic and defensive military purposes, sums available under the Mutual Security Act of 1954, as amended, without regard to existing limitation. . . .


VIII

In the situation now existing, the greatest risk, as is often the case, is that ambitious despots may miscalculate, If power-hungry Communists should either falsely or correctly estimate that the Middle East is inadequately defended, they might be tempted to use open measures of armed attack. If so, that would start a chain of circumstances which would almost surely involve the United States in military action. I am convinced that the best insurance against this dangerous contingency is to make clear now our readiness to cooperate fully and freely with our friends of the Middle East in ways consonant with the purposes and principles of the United Nations. I intend promptly to send a special mission to the Middle East to explain the cooperation we are prepared to give.


FURTHER READINGS

Ambrose Stephen E., Eisenhower ( New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984).

Brands H. William Jr.,, Cold Warriors: Eisenhower's Generation and American Foreign Policy ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1988).

-----, The Specter of Neutralism: The United States and the Emergence of the Third World, 1947-1960 ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1989).

Divine Robert, Eisenhower and the Cold War ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1981).

Path Chester J. Jr., and Richardson Elmo, The Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1991).

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