Indirect Aggression

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Indirect Aggression and the Middle East

President's Plan as Curb on Indirect Aggression

When president eisenhower asked Congress to authorize him to use military force and economic aid to combat Communist aggression in the Middle East, he made it clear that he was seeking to meet the threat not only of direct but also of indirect aggression. Because an overt attack by the Soviet Union was generally considered unlikely. Red infiltration and subversion seemed in fact to present the most immediate danger. No one needed to be reminded, moreover, that aggression in that form could be as effective as armed assault or invasion in destroying the independence of its victim.

The joint resolution to carry out the Eisenhower proposals was adopted by the House of Representatives with ...

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