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By Ira Chernus

For 8 years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and nationwide protection. but his guidelines entrenched the USA in a doubtless everlasting chilly battle, a spiraling nuclear palms race, and a deepening kingdom of nationwide lack of confidence. Ira Chernus uncovers the major to this paradox in Eisenhower's unwavering dedication to a constant means of speaking, in deepest in addition to in public, in regards to the chilly warfare contention. opposite to what so much historians have concluded, Eisenhower by no means aimed toward any actual rapprochement with the Soviet Union. He discourse regularly assumed that the U.S. might perpetually face an enemy bent on destroying it, making nationwide lack of confidence an everlasting lifestyle. The "peace" he sought was once in simple terms an never-ending strategy of coping with apocalyptic threats, an everlasting country of "apocalypse management," meant to offer the USA unchallenged virtue in each enviornment of the chilly struggle. 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 nation.

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