Re: HUNGARY: November 4. 1956
General Gard writes: I think Ike's claim that Suez prevented him from supporting the Hungarian revolution was nonsense. Enunciating the policy of "Liberation" was irresponsible. There really was little the US could do to provide military support of a revolution in Eastern Europe. The Russians had conventional military superiority, and nuke weapons were irrelevant under the circumstances. The Hungarian revolution took place just before the '56 presidential election. I recall vividly Allan Dulles' assurance on open TV to the US public that the US would not get involved militarily. If there was any hesitation on the part of the Soviets to intervene, this resolved the issue for them.
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December 30, 2004