National Affairs: Toward the Summit

The war scare that flitted around the world when U.S. marines splashed ashore in Lebanon had died away. The immediate U.S. objective of propping up the legitimate government of Lebanon had been achieved—and without gunfire. The West's thrust into the Middle East had temporarily jolted even Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser into comparative sobriety. The Russians had responded to the West's show of force with mere bluster—a fact that in time may sink into many a Middle Eastern mind. And so it was that when President Eisenhower conferred with Secretary of State John Foster...

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