Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz, whose alleged communist inclinations helped trigger OPERATION PBSUCCESS. The move toppled the Arbenz government and provided a good look at how Eisenhower used covert operations to wage the Cold War.
Dwight Eisenhower was an old-fashioned Republican in many respects: he believed in the dangers of deficit spending of all types, including on the military. And so his New Look doctrine aimed for a decrease in appropriations for conventional arms and a subsequent increase in funds for nuclear weapons and covert operations. We'll be looking at the effects of two of those operations—in Guatemala and Iran—in tonight’s class.
|Andrew, For the President’s Eyes Only, pp. 199-256|
|Gerald Haines, CIA Assassination Proposals|
|CIA Assassination Manual: Guatemala (1952)|
|PBSUCCESS: the initial plan (1953)|
|CIA analysis: Guatemala|
|Provocation Plans: Guatemala, June 1954|