Summary of Eisenhower Presidency

Summary of Eisenhower Presidency

Dwight Eisenhower came in to office in 1952 with an easy win over Adlai Stevenson. During his campaign Eisenhower promised to put an end to the conflict with Korea and he did just that when threats to use nuclear weapons was met with the signing of a cease fire in 1953. These were also accompanied by defense treaties with South Korea and The Republic of China. He also formed an anti-communist with Asian and pacific countries to put an end to the spreading of communism through out Asia.

With increased nuclear involvement with the soviet union and the fear of a third world war Eisenhower emphasized the importance of nuclear weapons above all other defense means due to the fact these weapons were seen as the best way to deter the Soviet Union from using military action against "Free World." After the death of Josef Stalin Eisenhower hoped it would be possible to reach agreement with a new Russian successor to put an end to nuclear tensions but after many attempts there was no success. However this struggle did lead to the launch of Sputnik an artificial satellite , and eventually to the start of NASA in 1958.

Eisenhower believed that a free enterprise economy should run itself, therefore took little interest or involvement in domestic political terms. Eisenhower let his cabinet take credit for domestic policy, while he concentrated on foreign affairs. Questions on tax reduction resulted in a no, Eisenhower believed that taxes could not be cut until the budget was balanced and was showed with "We cannot afford to reduce taxes, and reduce income until we have in sight a program of expenditure that shows that the factors of income and outgo will be balanced.”

Even with little involvement in domestic policies Eisenhower launched Operation Wetback in 1954 due to increasing illegal immigration to the United States from Mexico. Almost three million illegal migrants had crossed the U.S. Mexican border. Eisenhower believed that this movement...

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