Smoke rises from oil tanks beside the Suez Canal hit during the initial Anglo-French assault on Port Said in November 1956.
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Before he took office as secretary of defense in 2013, US Sen. Chuck Hagel distributed three dozen copies of a study praising president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s management of the Suez crisis to members of the Obama administration – including the president, secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and secretary of defense Leon Panetta. The lessons, Hagel implied, were clear: military intervention does not work and the United States should be prepared, when such action is in our national interest, to stand up to Israel and its American supporters.Michael Doran – a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and assistant secretary of defense under George W. Bush – believes that the study, and Hagel, “got it entirely wrong.” In Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise To Dominance In The Middle East, Doran maintains that Eisenhower’s policies in the Middle East were deeply flawed.
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