Putting On The Happy Face – December 23, 1957
Click on the link here for Audio Player – President Eisenhower Address on Paris NATO Summit – December 23, 1957 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
1957 was a year of a lot of upheaval, and it was also a year of what many considered to be flagging support of our NATO allies. Not that Moscow was particularly winning this popularity contest, it’s just that many of the NATO allies were former colonial powers and the colonies were grumbling.
The independence movements were well underway. The situation in Algeria, a French colony, was boiling over and the Congo was close behind. The big issue however, was Nuclear Arms, and what was the future of the Atomic (and now Hydrogen) bomb. This was the part the Cold War came in – in his portion of the address, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles went to great lengths to say it was NATO who were in favor of a ban of Nuclear weapons, but that it was the Soviet bloc who repeated voted against in at the United Nations.
And so the Arms race continued, and so did the campaign to shore up flagging support by pledging to strengthen our role in security (i.e. we were going to send more troops to more places we hadn’t been before).
All that, and a lot more for this December 23rd in 1957 – another year in the Nervous Fifties and another reason Miltown and The Martini became our Great National Necessities.
Here is that combined Address by President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.