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    President Dwight D. Eisenhower Very fine content Typed Letter Signed "D.E." as President, one page, 7 x 10.25 inches on White House letterhead, Washington, August 19, 1958 to George O. Strecker discussing his recent address to the United Nations and the recent deployment of United States Marines in Lebanon. He opens thanking Strecker "...for your comments regarding my recent talk before the United Nations General Assembly. I profoundly hope that the proposals I made can expeditiously be translated into projects that will bring about greater material progress and political stability in the Mid East, as well as a world atmosphere in which negotiations for a just peace can go forward..." He adds in a postscript: "I checked up on the telegram you sent about dispatching the American forces to Lebanon, since I had no memory of seeing it. Unfortunately, the signature came through in garbled from and was not recognized as being from you." On August 13, 1958 Eisenhower addressed an emergency session of the United Nations General assembly called in response to the assassination of King Faisal II of Iraq by Arab nationalists on July 14, 1958, beginning a process that would ultimately see the rise of the Baathists personified in the form of the late Saddam Hussein. King Hussein of Jordan, threatened by his volatile neighbor, requested British paratroopers to protect against a threatened Iraqi incursion to destabilize his government. At the same time the United States landed 5,000 marines in Beirut to shore up the pro-western government there. Eisenhower, mindful of the failures of the Suez crisis, proposed an integrated program of economic and military aid to the region including "...(1 ) United Nations concern for Lebanon. ( 2 ) United Nations measures to preserve peace in Jordan. ( 3 ) An end to the fomenting from without of civil strife. ( 4 ) A United Nations Peace force. ( 5 ) A regional economic development plan to assist and accelerate improvement in the living standards of the people in these Arab nations. ( 6 ) Steps to avoid a new arms race spiral in the area..." He stressed to the General Assembly that "...To have solidity, the different elements of this plan for peace and progress should be considered and acted on together, as integral elements of a single concerted effort. Therefore, I hope that this Assembly will seek simultaneously to set in motion measures that would create a climate of security in the Near East consonant with the principles of the United Nations Charter..." A superb Eisenhower letter discussing one of the most critical issues of his presidency. With original White House transmittal envelope. Provenance: The papers of George O. Strecker. George Strecker was an advertising executive at the Chicago Tribune and became close to the Eisenhower's through his wife, whom was a long-time friend with Mamie Dowd Eisenhower. Usual light horizontal creases, extreme light toning at margins and top crease, else fine condition.

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