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John Foster Dulles - May 1959

(Coined the phrase "Massive Retaliation" - Ike ran with it) Fifty years ago this week, former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles died after a tw
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(Coined the phrase "Massive Retaliation" - Ike ran with it)

Fifty years ago this week, former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles died after a two-year bout with cancer. Largely credited as the architect of America's Cold War Policy, Dulles wasn't a big believer in negotiation as a way to deal with the Soviet Union, but rather a staunch believer in nuclear options as a deterrent. His brother, Allen was one of the first directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and with tacit encouragement of John instituted many policies which are still in use today in the area of surveillance.

The clips I ran across are a series of tributes broadcast from May 26-28, 1959 by conservative far-right columnist and commentator Fulton Lewis Jr. Lewis made no apologies about his undying love for Dulles and these broadcasts take fawning and demigodery to new heights. Lewis was an ardent anti-communist and supporter of Joe McCarthy, once referring to Arthur Miller as "That pinko playwright" in one of his broadcasts. His popularity flourished in the 1950's as a result of his brand of "folksy wingnutery"over the Mutual Radio Network.

Lewis was not alone in his anti-liberal rants. A further indication the media was never the bastion of left-wing thought as many would have us believe.

In any event, after Dulles' passing, a general thaw was beginning in our East-West relationships, only to be re-frozen when the U-2 incident came to light - a policy instituted by Dulles and continued despite claims to the contrary.

Old habits are just hard to break I suppose.

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