By the time of the Suez Canal Crises, Nasser already had been signing pacts with Eastern Bloc nations for arms.
The US didn't work with the UN and other nations to stop the invasion by France and Britain because it was allied with Egypt; Eisenhower MISTAKENLY believed that it might provoke a wider confrontation with the Soviet Union and itís Eastern Bloc allies.
Eisenhower made many political mistakes like this during his Presidency thinking it would lead to peace. All his efforts got him was a more Radical Arab presence, a stronger Soviet Union and more wars after his Presidency was over.
Along with Suez crisis, the United States was also dealing with the near-simultaneous Hungarian revolution, and faced the public relations embarrassment of criticizing Hungary's suppression of the revolutionaries there while at the same time avoiding criticism of its two principal European allies' actions. Perhaps more significantly, the United States also feared a wider war after the Soviet Union and the other Warsaw Pact nations threatened to intervene on the Egyptian side and make rocket attacks on London, Tel Aviv, and Paris.
Thus, the Eisenhower administration forced a cease-fire on Britain, Israel, and France. The U.S. demanded that the invasion stop and sponsored resolutions in the UN Security Council calling for a cease-fire. Britain and France, as permanent members of the Council, vetoed these draft resolutions. The U.S. then appealed to the United Nations General Assembly and proposed a resolution calling for a cease-fire and a withdrawal of forces. The General Assembly consequently held an 'emergency special session' under the terms of Uniting for Peace resolution, and adopted Assembly resolution 1001, which established the first United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF), and called for "an immediate cease-fire". Portugal and Iceland went so far as to suggest ejecting Britain and France from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense pact if they didn't withdraw from Egypt. Britain and France withdrew from Egypt within a week.
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suez_Crisis]Suez Crisis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
Here is another little tidbit of info on Eisenhower's actions:
In 1956, Eisenhower strongly disapproved of the actions of Britain, France and Israel in sending troops to Egypt in the dispute over control of the Suez Canal. He used the economic power of the U.S. to force his European allies to back down and withdraw from Egypt. However, he later described this decision as the greatest foreign policy mistake he made during his time in office.
Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yes Ike, it was a MAJOR blunder but we all cannot be perfect.
Yep, and with all these efforts to promote peace in the region, all the US got was the typical hate America BS you seem to wallow in.
Your history needs a serious enema. Perhaps if you stopped reading all the Communist and terrorist propaganda you could be better informed?
Last edited by Truth Detector; 04-13-09 at 06:11 PM.
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