Eisenhower, Macmillan and Allied Unity, 1957–1961 by E. Bruce Geelhoed

By E. Bruce Geelhoed

Among 1957-1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harold Macmillan restored the 'Special dating' among the USA and nice Britain after the Suez concern of 1956 threatened to divide those longtime allies. Their diplomatic partnership, designed to maintain the peace in the course of essentially the most tricky sessions of the chilly conflict, was once in line with their own friendship, the approach of bilateral consultations which they proven, and this system of defence co-operation which they instituted. during this attention-grabbing examine, Geelhoed and Edmonds discover crucial diplomatic partnership of the Nineteen Fifties.

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In the short span of one man’s service, let us look at what happened. In 1953, no ship afloat was powered by atomic energy. Today we have 13 nuclear submarines already in commission and 30 under construction . . In 1953, the POLARIS system was merely a dream. Prologue xxxi Before the end of the year, two of these submarines . . will join our active forces. In 1953 an airplane which was expected for the first time to operate at speeds greater than the speed of sound was in the very early design stage.

Because the British economy was unable to support growth in its military sector, Macmillan, over time, turned to American technology as the most effective way to maintain British strength within NATO. Fortunately, the American military establishment made unprecedented advances in its deterrent capability during Eisenhower’s presi- xxx Prologue dency, advances which made it possible for the Administration to institute a program of defense cooperation with its allies, particularly with the British.

45 As a political opportunist, Macmillan played the strongest card in his hand, his close relationship with the Americans. Perhaps that was why Macmillan was the choice of the Cabinet: he seemed to have best chance of dealing realistically with the Americans. And, if in Washington, the bets were on Butler to succeed Eden, in London, it was something else. B. Butler (Eden’s choice). I was convinced that the Queen would summon Harold Macmillan, since Salisbury, in whom I knew the Queen had great confidence and, who I felt sure would be consulted, had come to the conclusion that Macmillan was the person best fitted to deal with President Eisenhower because of the close association they had in Africa during the war.

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