The John Batchelor Show

VIDEO: Ike's Gamble

October 07, 2016

Thursday  6 October 2016 / Hour 2, Block B: Mike Doran*, Hudson Institute and author, Ike’s Gamble; in re:  The Suez Crisis of 1956.  In the Suez crisis, Dwight Eisenhower received and education about Israel.  Compare then and now:  both Eisenhower and Obama held that the US had got too close to Israel – esp Ike, who thought Israel was a strategic liability in order to court Arab nationalism, above all Egypt –not in the pocket of Brit imperialist or Zionists during the Cold War. At the end of his term, he reversed thinking, decided that Israel was a force for stability, and would stabilize Jordan.    Parallel: Ike to Egypt and Obama to Iran.
Secret speech in Feb 1956: revealed Stalin’s cruelties. Cross-current, Hungarian uprising and he Middle East: de-Salinization speech helped Israel, which first got wind of  it and passed  it on to the West; also, Brits, French and Israelis attacked Egypt at the same time as _____________.
Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in Middle East security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served in the Bush administration as a senior advisor in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon. School. He received a B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton.  Before going to Hudson, Doran was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.