11. 13 The Communist Threat abroad
Throughout the 1950s and the 60s United Statesí
main preoccupation was with the threat of communism. In 1959, Eisenhower
said: "As long as the communist Empire continues to seek
world domination, we shall face threats to the peace of varying
character and location. We have lived and will continue to live
in a period where emergencies manufactured by the Soviets follow
one another like another like beads on a string."
The U.S. feared the spread of communism all over
the world. The director of CIA, Allen Dulles had warned in
1960 that the communists wished to rule over the world. About the
Russian foreign policy he said: "First (Khrushchev, the
Soviet leader) proposes to build up Soviet military might based
on ballistic missiles which would give him an effective weapon for
direct attack on the U.S ..."