The Power of Words – What Happened to our Foreign Policy?

The REAL hero of the Suez Crisis, a man with compassion beyond measure.

When the World’s oil was threatened under President Eisenhower’s watch, he did not resort to using military force. He set an example of non-interventionism, and helped to ensure a free World Market for years to come.

Here is a brief summary of one of the World’s first oil crises:

Britain and the United States initially offered to fund the building of the Aswan Dam, but they withdrew their offer as a response to the growing relationship between Egypt and the Soviets. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser reacted by nationalizing the Suez Canal on July 26th 1956. About 1.5 million barrels of oil a day were transited through the Suez Canal, and about 1.2 million of them were destined for Western Europe, making it an essential part of the global economy. On August 2nd Britain made the decision to mobilize troops, and the USSR responded by sending Soviet ship-pilots to help Egypt run the canal. On October 1st a 15 nation Suez Canal Users Association is formed in hopes of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis, but Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula by the end of the month. The day after Israel invaded the USSR demanded a ceasefire between Israel and Egypt, but the demand is vetoed by France and Britain. U.S. President Eisenhower had wisely advocated peacefully resolving the crisis, and his example led the UN to approve the USSR’s ceasefire demand on November 2nd.

THIS is war

The use of force was not even a last resort for Eisenhower. The horror of war is no longer recognized in America.


5 Responses to The Power of Words – What Happened to our Foreign Policy?

  1. carinaragno says:

    thank you, was just thinking what has happened to foreign policy, now is shoot em up cowboy style, judge and jury … what ever happened to diplomacy? the most ironic thing is it really went south when the women took over as Secretary of State, it seems they lose all compassion and femininity to compete with the good old boys and end up raging, war mongering, cold blooded killers

    The real Art of Peace is not to sacrifice a single one of your warriors to defeat an enemy.

    Vanquish your foes by always keeping yourself in a safe and unassailable position; then no one will suffer any losses.

    The Way of a Warrior, the Art of Politics, is to stop trouble before it starts.
    It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually by making them realize the folly of their actions.

    The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.

    -Morihei Ueshiba

  2. mistasir says:

    What is your view on humanitarian intervention? For example, there was plenty of time for the international community to help the people of Rwanda and Darfur, however partisan and power politics hampered any potential consolidated efforts.

  3. carinaragno says:

    China Daily
    March 17, 2012

    Libyan model is dangerous game
    By Wang Lincong*


    By intervening in the Libyan war, the Western countries were determined to topple the Gadhafi regime, rather than fighting for democracy and humanity as they claimed. The war is a tragic example of the West’s neo-interventionism.

    In the first decade of the 21st century Western countries hastily invaded Iraq under the guise of “democratic reform” and ultimately left the Iraqi people with untold sufferings. In the second decade Western countries have created the “myth” of humanitarian intervention and taken advantage of the “Arab Spring” to engineer regime change in Libya, which has sowed the seeds of hatred.


  4. uglicoyote says:

    Reblogged this on The Road.

  5. paulrhuard says:

    Eisenhower often is criticized as a “managerial Republican” by many conservatives because he embraced government intervention as a tool of domestic policy and trusted in the federal government as the ultimate solution for any issue. I personally don’t expect much else from a man who spent the majority of his life working for the federal government (a gross simplification of the accomplishments of a career soldier). What critics from the right often ignore or fail to see about Eisenhower is what he achieved by what he avoided. His service during World War II brought him face-to-face with the cost of war. He knew what was at stake. So, he knew how to build U.S. strategic power in a way that the USSR had no choice but to take us seriously without one shot being fired during the Cold War. He avoided war over incidents such as Suez, Quemoy, and the U-2 shootdown through diplomacy and judgment without resorting to warfare. Smart man. By the way, thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will stop by more often. Please register to follow my regular postings if you are inclined.

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