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The Cold War continued to rage during the years of the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s Eisenhowers secretary of state John Foster Dulles became the nations dominant figure during this time He held a stern moral revulsion to communism and once in power suggested the United States pursue an active program of liberation to rollback communist expansion Dulles became known for his massive retaliation doctrine which he announced in 1954 The massive retaliation doctrine stated that the United States will respond to communist threats to its allies not by using conventional forces but by relying on nuclear weapons Shortly after this announcement of the doctrine its policy was tested The United States faced a difficult situation in Southeast Asia where France was trying to regain control of its colony Vietnam Opposing the French were the powerful nationalist forces of Ho Chi Minh who was both a committed nationalist and a committed communist At first the Eisenhower administration supported the French However in 1954 12000 French troops were under siege at the city of Dien Bien Phu Without American intervention the French were destined to fail in Vietnam Dulles argued for American involvement and even explored the use of small nuclear weapons Despite urgings of Dulles Eisenhower refused to allow American military intervention in Vietnam The French defense finally collapsed in May 1954 and the French quickly agreed to a settlement of the conflict that summer This agreement marked the end of French commitment to Vietnam Americans foreign policy was tested in Egypt in the 1950s Their leader Gamal Abdel Nasser began to develop a trade relationship with the Soviet Union In 1956 Dulles punished his friendliness toward the communists by withdrawing American offers to assist in building the great Aswan Dam across the Nile A week later Nasser seized control of the Suez Canal He planned to use the income from it to fund the construction of the Aswan Dam French and British troops landed
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