By all accounts the transition from the Truman to the Eisenhower administration was a rough one. Acheson recalled that at their first meeting following the November election the president and the president-elect eyed each other nervously as if the other had designs on his pocket watch. Following 20 years of Democratic control of the White House, the breakdown of bipartisan foreign policy over Korea and the unremitting attacks by Republican conservatives and McCarthyites on the Roosevelt and Truman record in world affairs, this suspicion is not difficult to understand. And yet the president-elect had been well-briefed on the Middle East and particularly on the Iranian situation. Eisenhower and Dulles at first moved cautiously, doubtless reluctant to take any action before 20 January that could be construed as interference. Dulles told oilman W. Alton Jones that he and Eisenhower did not want to risk being blamed by the Truman administration should the last-minute negotiations in Tehran fail.1
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