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Who is President Eisenhower?
Dwight David Eisenhower was the son of a farmer. He was born in Denison, Texas, on October 14th, 1890. He attended West Point Military Academy and graduated in 1915. His religion was presbyterian. Eisenhower had to kids, Doud Dwight and John Doud, after being married to Mary Doud on July 1, 1916. He was the 34th United States president and also a republican. He was a soldier as his career. He did many writings. A few being Crusade in Europe (1948); The White House Years (2 vols.), vol. 1: Mandate for Change (1963), vol. 2: Waging Peace (1965); At Ease: and Stories I Tell to Friends (1967). President Eisenhower died on March 28, 1969, in Washington D.C. He was buried in Abilene, Kansas.

What was Eisenhower's foreign policy?

Having tight control on government spending was what Eisenhower was really interested in. He wanted a conservative fiscal policy. He wanted to trade more with the countries of Europe and not send over aid packages. Eisenhower saw the trade, even in a short time, as an advantage to America. One thing he did not accept was government economic intervention on a more ideological lever. Government planned economies was considered to much like socialism to him. He was less willing to spend a huge amount of money on armies around the world because of economic reasons. Eisenhower supported the idea that he was ready to use nuclear weapons because he succeeded in blurring line between nuclear and conventional warfare. The Eisenhower administration did not agree with this and had more subjective influence on their containment strategy. Stalin died 2 months into the Eisenhower administration. As he passed the threat of a Stalinization of Easter Europe also went. The Soviet Union had no leader and coherent international expansionist strategy until 2 years after Stalin’s death. This is when Kruschev came to power. Eisenhower was committed to containing Soviet expansion, even before his election. He ran for president because he wanted to take the bid from Taft. He believed that Taft would revert the United States back into unilateralism and isolationism. Eisenhower’s Secretary of State was also a committed anti- Soviet. The Eisenhower administration sought to portray the USSR as strictly an aggressor state.
Eisenhower’s primary goal was to cut government spending and taxes. His cabinet consisted of conservation policy makers. They were determined to reduce all but the most essential expenditures. This ended up leading the administration to cut out the economic assistance plans altogether. It made them to focus militarily on nuclear arms as a tactical and strategic deterrent. This was cost-effective. Eisenhower’s reasons for his conservative fiscal policies could be attributed to balance of power concerns. The effects of an over-inflated and over-heated US economy could be detrimental to America’s abilities in the global arena. This worried Eisenhower. He argued that a strong American economy might be the most valuable asset it possessed. Eisenhower knew how important it is to cut taxes to retain popularity. Because he pursued a strategy of nuclear deterrence, it was very important that he subsequently blur the ling between nuclear warfare and conventional warfare. Eisenhower gave the Soviets the impression that he was ready to use nuclear arms at any point he felt that American security interests were at stake. Eisenhower was able to deter possible Soviet expansion without raising taxes and upsetting the domestic program.

Eisenhower's Foreign Policy and how it had an effect on the US:
As far as the difference between Eisenhower and Truman's foreign policy, Truman was concerned about keeping taxes low but he also realized the military expenditures. Eisenhower was interested in a conservative fiscal policy, and tight control on government spending. Eisenhower’s policy was initially more successful because he had more of a sensitivity towards the people. Eisenhower had more of a sensitivity to the people he was dealing with. He also allowed the Berlin airlift to deliver supplies to the United States. He wanted the Soviet Union to understand that he was not supporting the Hungarian Freedom Fighters. He was scared they would start a world war. Towards the beginning of the Cold War, Truman and Eisenhower’s administrations pursued a containment policy to repel Soviet aggression. Containment was shown through a bunch of policies. Generally, the administrations pursued this policy to maintain a sort of stability between the countries, to hold up a balance of power and ability to disapprove of totalitarian, fascist control.


What events threatened the administration of Eisenhower in terms of foreign relations?
The U.S.A was getting involved in a lot of other countries affairs. sending troops here and there, even threatening Red China with nuclear weapons. Red China began a major bombardment of Quemoy. The joint chief of staffs thought it was not important to protect these offshore islands. they thought that the protection of these islands where not essential for the protection of Formosa in case of an invasion. however, Dulles thought that any communist threat along the western pacific was a menace to world order and that it was “vital interest to the united states to fight back”. The American warships escorted Chiang’s transport all the way until the 3 mile mark off of the shores of Quemoy. the fleet was carrying nuclear weapons, threatening to bomb the china mainland if Quemoy of Formosa where attacked or threatened. of course bombing with nuclear weapons was a big issue, this fact made American allies where deeply troubled by this position. Senator Herbert Lehman stated”.... not a single American life should be sacrificed for the defense of these islands...” In September Dulles announced that he is willing to encourage negotiation, stating that the United States had no commitments what so ever to help Chiang back to the mainland.

The U-2 incident was an event where an American spy plane was shot down over Soviet territory. u-2 was taking pictures of soviet troops and missiles, for awhile. until the soviet union found a way to shoot the plane down. they shot the u2 plane down and captured the pilot. at first Eisenhower denied knowing anything about the spying. then soviet leader Khrushchev was very angry. and asked for the usa to stop spying and apologize, Eisenhower agreed to stop the spying, but did not apologize.
khrushchev angerly withdrew himself from the summit conference, and the invitation for eisenhower to come to the soviet union and visit. making the tension high between the two superpowers. For awhile it seemed like the two powers were going to go to wage nuclear war on each other, which made the whole world nervous.
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Ambrose, Stephen E. Eisenhower: Soldier and President. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990. Print.