As president, Dwight Eisenhower believed that nuclear weapons, both fission and fusion, were permissible and desirable assets to help protect U.S. national security against the threat of international communism. He championed the beneficent role played by nuclear weapons, including both civilian and military uses, and he lauded the simultaneous and multi-pronged use of the atom for peace and for war. Eisenhower's assessment of the role and value of nuclear technology was profound, sincere, and pragmatic, but also simplistic, uneven, and perilous. He desired to make nuclear weapons as available, useful, and ordinary for purposes of national security as other revolutionary military technology from the past, such as the tank or the airplane. He also planned to exploit nuclear technology for a variety of peaceful, civilian applications that he also believed could contribute to national strength.Even more, what Eisenhower thought was the only way to ascertain what he might do as president. Other contemporary ... Unlike Taylor, Rovere wondered, a why on earth should anyone think 54 Eisenhower would make a good president?
|Title||:||Abolishing the Taboo: President Eisenhower and the Permissible Use of Nuclear Weapons for National Security|
|Author||:||Brian Madison Jones|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|