“In 1956 with the Soviets at a huge numerical disadvantage in strategic forces?”
In 1956 the USA had 2,123 strategic warheads deployed on 1,470 strategic bombers.
In 1956 the USSR had 120 strategic warheads deployed on 40 strategic bombers.
Should Ike have bombed the crap out of the USSR???
“Should Ike have bombed the crap out of the USSR???”
I think you’re missing the point. At least allow the freedom fighters to do their thing without interfering with their supply lines.