Allen Dulles : Foreign Policy

Allen W. Dulles, Director of the CIA 1953-1961.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Meeting sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Allen Dulles' lengthy resume is presented by an unnamed speaker.

Dulles references books he has written, he only references his most recent book, The Craft of Intelligence, but speaks mostly of "A History of the Boer War." He speaks of his pro-Boer stance at the time. He speaks of the "atomic bomb of the day" used during the war.

He speaks of the role of intelligence in war and in dealing with foreign dictators. He notes past failures to utilize intelligence - noting the failure to stop Hitler and Lenin. Also, he notes our failure to prevent the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

He notes the "awakening" of 1947, followed by the shock of the Korean War in 1950. Discusses the Truman Doctrine, which on March 12, 1947 stated that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent their falling into the Soviet sphere. Despite this, Czechoslovakia fell to communism, "without a shot being fired."

Dulles speaks of Khrushchev's means of taking over nations, and the use of Marxist/Leninist theories. Dulles calls it a war of subversion - not a hot war.

He speaks of infiltrations of Soviet meetings which revealed their instructions to communist elements in Latin America.

Dulles speaks of the influence of communism within trade unions around the world, as well as in "front organizations" such as "Ban the Bomb" and peace movements.

He speaks of information gathered from defectors from the KGB. He specifically notes the "Disinformation Office."

The United States is playing to great a role in the intelligence fight - allies need to play a greater role.

Communism is facing a great danger, revolts are brewing.

The United States must meet this threat to our way of life.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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