US Actions in World War I

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US Actions in World War I A point that has been studied by many is for what reason were the U-2s flown over Russian territory in the first place. Eisenhower claimed to want to “get a better handle on Soviet capabilities.” (Judge and Langdon, 135). Meaning that he wanted to know if the Russians were producing more weapons, such as IBMs. The American people were also worried that there was a ‘missile gap’ favoring Russia. Eisenhower also…show more content…
If he discontinued the cover story, then he would be the to blame for espionage. If he accepted responsibility, then he would be the first United States president to admit that his nation practiced peacetime espionage. If he did not accept responsibility, it would appear that he had so little control that his subordinates could trigger a major crisis without his knowledge. Also, Eisenhower decided not to apologize to Khrushchev, making it appear that the United States is more dominant by not showing remorse for actions that were felt necessary, causing more problems with the USSR and U.S. relationship. Eisenhower was also convinced that Khrushchev “was using the U-2 incident as a pretext to wreck the summit.” (Judge and Langdon, 149) Similarly, the reasons behind Khrushchev's reactions to both the U-2 incident and Eisenhower's choices came into question. He responded to the U-2 incident with an “emotional tirade” because he may have viewed the espionage as a person insult. He had been trying to repair the relationship between the United States and Russia while the U.S. went behind his back and spied on him. He then demanded and apology from Eisenhower in order to “put Eisenhower on the defensive and to apologize for the intelligence services which had exceeded his orders.” (Judge and Langdon, 148). Khrushchev could then accept the apology and proceed to the summit as the better man leading the better nation. When Eisenhower did not apologize on repeated
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