On Nov. 3, 1956, the Soviet Union invaded and occupied Hungary. Did they do this because the U.S. was not respected in the world? Did they do this because they thought that Dwight Eisenhower was a weak leader? I think the answer to both questions is unequivocally no.
Many people at the time, including several senior military advisers, thought we should respond with military force. Some even urged the president to use nuclear weapons against the Soviets. Eisenhower, however, decided against a military response, a decision that has been vindicated by history.
There are many parallels to the current situation in Ukraine. It is fortunate that our current president is following Ike's example.
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