John Foster Dulles: Radio and Television Address on Communism in Guatemala

(1954)

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John Foster Dulles was one of the first secretaries of state of the cold war era. Steadfast in his beliefs and an experienced orator, Dulles adeptly explained the Eisenhower administration’s foreign policy decisions in public forums. Particularly when controversial matters needed to be addressed, Dulles, rather than Dwight Eisenhower, publicly spoke about them. In the conformist 1950s, when critiques of U.S. cold war policy were considered tantamount to embracing Communism, Dulles’s...