This essay by Professor William Hitchcock originally appeared in the Washington Post Do nuclear threats work? President Trump seems to think so. His recent warning that the United States would rain down “fire and fury” upon North Korea may have been improvised, as some media reports suggest, but it may also be part of a strategy to … Continue reading Trump threatened to nuke North Korea. Did Ike do the same?
In 1953, the CIA organized the overthrow of the Iranian government. Why, and how much was Dwight Eisenhower involved? Recently declassified State Department documents help tell the story. Just six weeks into his presidency, Eisenhower received an alarming message from the CIA about Iran: “A Communist takeover is becoming more and more of a possibility.” … Continue reading New Evidence on Eisenhower & CIA Overthrow of Iranian Government, 1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower is looking better and better. This week, a new poll of historians ranks him as the fifth best president in our nation’s history. The top four – Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt—remain unchanged from previous surveys done in 2000 and 2009. The big story in the 2017 C-Span … Continue reading The Spike in Ike
Dwight Eisenhower continues to have broad appeal to many Americans. In presidential ranking polls, which really are just favorability polls, Ike usually ranks between 8 and 10—and he has been in the top 10 since the 1980s. He is no danger of going down: in fact, a 2013 composite of polls showed Ike at 8, … Continue reading The Eisenhower Puzzle