Ike's Bluff

Ike's Bluff

President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

Book - 2012
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Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike's White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world, or its end.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316091046
Characteristics: x, 484 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.

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May 06, 2014

Ike was such a super guy! Yup, on that day in the early 1930s, when Hoover was still president, MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower were ordered to shut down the Bonus Marchers village. Yes, it was MacArthur who disobeyed the commander-in-chief's order not to directly enter the village, and led in the slaughter of over 100 men, women and children, but did Ike or Patton stop him? Yes, during the Eisenhower Administration the democratically-elected governments of Iran, Guatemala and elsewhere were overthrown, involving the destruction of people and people's rights on behalf of the multinationals. Yes, Floyd Odlum supported Ike, and yes some of his companies, and Rockefeller's and Mellon's, et cetera, profited from such coups. Yes, Ike was a grand fellow, who appointed Nelson Rockefeller to multiple positions in his administration, with Nelson altering, corrupting and compromising foreign aid programs to profit the multinationals by using American taxpayer monies to fund their foreign factories and facilities to which they would then offshore American jobs to [Ex-Im Bank, AID, et cetera]. Yes, it was the Eisenhower Administration which created the entire Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and it was JFK's administration which countermanded the assassination of Castro and withdrew the military support of the exiles, allowing for a popular uprising to occur if the CIA was right, but of course, the CIA [Dulles, Bissell, Cabell lied to President Kennedy].

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