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Eisenhower Indicates Regret for Saving Nasser During 1956 Drive on Suez

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President Elsenhower was reported here today as having indicated to Congressional leaders yesterday–with whom he met at the White House on the Middle East situation–that the United States might have made a mistake when it rushed, in November 1956, to save the Nasser regime in Egypt from the Anglo-French-Israel action in the Suez area.

It was stated here today that during the meeting, President Eisenhower was asked if it would not have been wiser to have allowed events in 1956 to have run their own course. The President was quoted as replying that it was now “water over the dam.”

Defense Department sources said that U.S. Marine Corps personnel of Jewish faith are among the 5,000 man contingent landed in Lebanon this morning. Pentagon officials said no effort was made to screen Jews out of the military units that are attached to the U.S. Sixth Fleet. The number of Jews in the Marine force which landed in Lebanon could neither be estimated nor ascertained by Washington officials.

Turkey and Iran have sought American consent to dispatch their armed forces into Iraq, their Baghdad Pact partner, to put down the revolution in Iraq. This was learned today from U.S. diplomatic sources. The United States is studying the matter. Great Britain reportedly favors such a move.

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