The Eisenhower Doctrine

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| The Eisenhower Doctrine | | | The Eisenhower Doctrine In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, while the world was repairing itself from the 6-7 years of war (4 years for the US), unseen forces were posed to launch and spring into action once the war was over, an ideology; one that had taken a country over by storm and revolution. These unseen forces were setup in the cold, grim climate of Mockba (Moscow). Josef Stalin, “the Grim Reaper of Communism”, had plans to sow the seeds of Communism throughout the entire Western half of Europe and elsewhere. While it’s no surprise that when attending the Potsdam Conference in Potsdam, Germany from July 17, 1945 to August 2, 1945, the “Big Three” consisting…show more content…
Ike, knowing that he lost Egypt, sought to strengthen its ties with other Arabic conservative countries; countries such as: Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq and Lebanon (Yaqub, 2004). Ike felt that with the right incentives such as military aid, economic aid and explicit guarantees of American protectionism, these countries could show their Pro-Western stance to the world, and it would cause these countries to remain loyal to the West (Yaqub, 2004;, 2009). Also, another issue was there had been a power vacuum caused by the loss of prestige by Britain and France. As such, the Soviet Union was posed to step in and fill this void. Nasser was spreading his Pan-Arab policies and forming “volatile relationships’ with Syria and Jordan. The US wanted to fill that void before the Middle East comes under Soviet influence (Eisenhower Doctrine, 2009). The Eisenhower Doctrine was put to the test in 1958, when civil unrest occurred in Lebanon. Fearing for his country, the President of Lebanon, Chamille Chamoun, appealed to Eisenhower for help (, 2009). Ike sent 15,000 troops to assist in quelling the violence in Lebanon. This action showed to the world that the US had interest in the Middle East (, 2009). Another instance occurred in 1957, which involved a political crisis in Jordan. The King of Jordan, King Hussein, removed from his cabinet, members who were Pro-Soviet and loyal to
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