Naval War College Review


Philip A. Crowl


Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was known as the notorious, fire-breathing warmonger, the self-styled brinksman ever pushing to the verge of Armageddon, the reckless brandisher of the hydrogen bomb, the truculent, intransigent, hard-line cold warrior par excellence. In reminiscing about the Geneva Summit Conference of 1955, Nikita Khrushchev referred to him as "that vicious cur Dulles ... always prowling around Eisenhower, snapping at him if he got out of line. " Strong indeed, but only slightly more disparaging than many epithets commonly directed at the Secretary by his own countrymen.