FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Doctrine & Beyond

The minute hand on the gold-numeraled clock on his desk showed eight minutes after 10 a.m. as the President picked up his black pen and wrote across the document that lay before him: "Approved. Dwight D. Eisenhower." Earlier in the week, the Senate had passed by 72 votes (42 Republicans, 30 Democrats) to 19 votes (16 Democrats, three Republicans*) the Eisenhower Doctrine, which offers U.S. military and economic help to free nations to keep Communism out of the Middle East (see box). Now Ike looked up and said to Press Secretary Jim...

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