American policy during the Suez Crisis as the greatest foreign policy blunder the United States has made since the. This is so widespread a phenomenon, that we have a saying: No good turn goes unpunished. Eisenhower apparently thought that in so doing he would bring Nasser over to the Americans side, make friends as it were with the young, dynamic leader, apparently the leader of a new, modernizing force in the Arab world. Otherwise, when you finally get around to it, what you get from the West Bank will be far less than what you could have now. Proverbs of Hell reads, he who has suffered you to impose upon him, knows you. Youve proved me wrong. A decade later, in a meeting with Richard Nixon in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where Eisenhower retired, he said his action had prevented Britain and France from playing a constructive role in the Middle East. Instead of encouraging you to work towards a settlement, all our efforts have just made you more intransigent, and proved what the Israelis have claimed for a long time, that youre not interested in peace with them, but peace without them, not the peace. Im reading Makovsky and Ross, Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East on the folly of linkage in the Middle East (i.e., solve sic the Arab-Israeli conflict and all the other pieces will fall in place). Nassers response was to become increasingly interested in, and within a couple of years, outright allies of the Soviets just the nightmare that Eisenhower was hoping to avoid with his strong-handed intervention.
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Nasser addressing the masses in Hims, Syria, 1961. Even as they would admit privately that were the US troops to leave it would be a disaster, Iraqis would nonetheless shout loudly that they wanted the US out. While linkage may indeed have been at the center of the policy thinking involved, Id like to suggest some honor-shame psychology that lay behind Nassers behavior that explain why such thinking backfired, something that our current president should certainly take into account. Obviously, youre in no hurry to change your condition. Walt and Mearsheimer recommend hell then be able to extract concessions. Americans expected cheering in the street when they came to liberate the people from Saddams tyranny. Nasser became even more anti-West and anti-U.S. Admitting gratitude, acknowledging dependence, recognizing publicly that the US had done what the Iraqi people had been incapable of doing such things were unthinkable. In the zero-sum world of honor, being indebted to another is a humiliation. He has shown them elaborate demonstrations of respect.