The Rock Upon Which They Stand: U.S. Intervention in Lebanon, 1958 Open Access
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When U.S. Marines landed near Beirut on July 15, 1958, it was the first case in the post World War II era in which American decision-makers thought that protecting Western interests in the Middle East required direct military involvement. In taking the lead by applying the full measure of American diplomatic and military support, President Eisenhower ensured that his primary goal of ending hostilities would be met quickly and decisively. Injecting the full might of U.S. Naval Forces into Lebanon demonstrated America's commitment to defending its regional and international allies on the Cold War stage by responding to a request for assistance from Lebanon's pro-Western government.