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By Ira Chernus

For 8 years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and nationwide safeguard. but his guidelines entrenched the U.S. in a probably everlasting chilly battle, a spiraling nuclear fingers race, and a deepening country of nationwide lack of confidence. Ira Chernus uncovers the most important to this paradox in Eisenhower's unwavering dedication to a constant approach of speaking, in deepest in addition to in public, in regards to the chilly warfare contention. opposite to what such a lot historians have concluded, Eisenhower by no means geared toward any real rapprochement with the Soviet Union. He discourse continuously assumed that the U.S. might without end face an enemy bent on destroying it, making nationwide lack of confidence an everlasting lifestyle. The "peace" he sought was once merely an never-ending strategy of handling apocalyptic threats, an everlasting country of "apocalypse management," meant to provide the USA unchallenged virtue in each area of the chilly battle. The objective and the discourse that supported it have been inherently self-defeating. but the discourse is Eisenhower's so much enduring legacy, for it has formed U.S. overseas coverage ever on account that, leaving us nonetheless a countrywide lack of confidence country.

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