Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of by Ira Chernus

By Ira Chernus

For 8 years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and nationwide defense. but his rules entrenched the U.S. in a doubtless everlasting chilly warfare, a spiraling nuclear fingers race, and a deepening nation of nationwide lack of confidence. Ira Chernus uncovers the foremost to this paradox in Eisenhower's unwavering dedication to a constant manner of conversing, in deepest in addition to in public, concerning the chilly battle competition. 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 us could endlessly face an enemy bent on destroying it, making nationwide lack of confidence an everlasting lifestyle. The "peace" he sought used to be simply an never-ending means of dealing with apocalyptic threats, an everlasting nation of "apocalypse management," meant to offer the U.S. unchallenged virtue in each enviornment of the chilly conflict. The aim 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 seeing that, leaving us nonetheless a countrywide lack of confidence country.

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