This Day in History: The Eisenhower Doctrine


The United States believed that the situation in the Middle East degenerated badly during 1956, and Egypt leader Gamal Nasser was deemed largely responsible. The U.S. used Nasser’s anti-western nationalism and his increasingly close relations with the Soviet Union as justification for withdrawing U.S. support for the construction of the Aswan Dam on the Nile River in July 1956. Less than a month later, Nasser seized control of the Suez Canal. This action prompted, in late October, a coordinated attack by French, British, and Israeli military on Egypt. Suddenly, it appeared that the Middle East might be the site of World War III.

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The unfortunate thing is that he set up the framework for the very Military Industrial Complex that he warned about and appeared to be genuinely concerned over…


Thanks for this excellent summary. I’m trying to be a better student of history but when the books on a single event are bigger than my coffee table it’s hard to find the time to completely understand what happened and why.

Please keep posting.