John Foster Dulles

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John Foster Dulles

John Foster Dulles (February 25, 1888May 24, 1959) served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an aggressive stance against communism around the world.


  • We have reconfirmed the unity and firmness of our position, the position expressed in the Joint Communique of the four powers at Paris on December 14th. We do not accept any substitution of East Germans for the Soviet Union in its responsibilities toward Berlin and its obligations to us. We are resolved that our position in, and access to, West Berlin shall be preserved.
  • The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art.
  • Neutrality has increasingly become obsolete and, except under very exceptional circumstances, it is an immoral and shortsighted conception.

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