President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles deliver a report on the recently concluded NATO conference, this day (December 23, 1957).
December 23, 2010

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Well . . .they said they were having a good time.


On this particular day in 1957, President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles returned from the NATO Conference, armed with some optimism and addressed the nation, reporting on the progress made during the meeting.

Pres. Eisenhower: “There was one basic purpose implicit in every discussion and debate of the conference, that was the pursuit of a just peace. Not once during the week did I hear any slightest hint of saber rattling or of aggressive intent. Of course, all of us were concerned with developing the necessary spiritual, economic and military strength of our defensive alliance. We are determined that there must be no war.”

During the Cold War there was always room for optimism of a thaw.

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