The Challenges We Face: Edited and Compiled from the Speeches and Papers of Richard M. Nixon

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throughout the executive branches of the government, throughout the Congress, and not least, throughout the nation-a realization of the growing importance of Africa to the future of the United States and the free world and of the necessity of assigning the highest priority to our relations with that area.


6. Foreign Policy in Action: Lebanon18

The events of July 14, 1958, marked a turning point in the struggle between the forces of imperialistic communism and the forces of freedom: on that date the President of the United States ordered American troops into Lebanon.

The President had the constitutional power to do what he did. He moved American forces into Lebanon at the request of a constitutionally elected President with the unanimous approval of the cabinet of that country. He sent troops there for two purposes: one, to strengthen that government in its efforts to resist forces within the country which were stimulated and materially assisted by forces outside the country to overthrow the duly elected government; and, two, to protect the 2,500 Americans who were living in Lebanon.

The legal basis for his action is clear. But we are not concerned here simply with its legality. We are concerned with the merits. What are the prospects for the future? Was the judgment of the President of the United States, and of those of his advisers who supported his judgment, correct?

At the outset we must recognize that this was a terribly difficult decision. The situation was not black or white. As is usually the case in considering difficult problems in the international

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The material in this section is derived from "The Near East Situation," from a speech at the Annual Aquatennial Luncheon for Minnesota Editors, Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 19, 1958.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Publisher's Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Part One - America: Its Heritage and Mission 1
  • 1. the Pioneer Spirit 3
  • 2. Our Legacy from the Old World 11
  • Part Two - Coexistence and Survival 21
  • 1. the Soviet Challenge 23
  • 2. Khrushchev in America 36
  • Part Three - U.S. Foreign Policy: Peace with Freedom and Justice 47
  • 1. the Rule of Law 49
  • 2. Foreign Aid 61
  • 3. the Pursuit of Peace 81
  • 4. Foreign Policy in Action: Latin America 91
  • 5. Foreign Policy in Action: Africa 104
  • 6. Foreign Policy in Action: Lebanon 115
  • 7. Foreign Policy in Action: Communist China 122
  • Part Four - Democracy at Worke 129
  • 1. Politics and Leadership 131
  • 2. Strength for Peace and Freedom 141
  • 3. a Dynamic Economy for America 147
  • 4. the Challenge to American Education 160
  • 5. Labor and the Steel Strike 171
  • 6. Civil Rights 181
  • 7. Forgotten Peoples 188
  • Part Five - Mission to the Soviet Union 193
  • 1. Russia as I Saw It 195
  • 2. the "Kitchen Debate" 219
  • 3. America Accepts the Challenge 227
  • 4. a Talk to the Russian People 235
  • Mr. Nixon's Life in Brief 247
  • Index 249
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