As the Turkish government would not submit to the Soviet Union's requests, tensions arose in the region, leading to a show of naval force on the side of the Soviets. Since British assistance to Turkey had ended inthe U. S sent the aircraft carrier Franklin D.
News magazine shows the beginnings of American containment policy. Communism was on the march. Soon communist forces dominated the governments of Romania and Bulgaria. By the fall ofit was clear that the Soviet-backed Lublin regime had complete control of Poland, violating the Yalta promise of free and unfettered elections there.
It was only a matter of time before Hungary and Czechoslovakia fell into the Soviet orbit. Yugoslavia had an independent communist leader named Tito. When Harry Truman approved the Marshall Plan inhis official statement said, "Few presidents have had the opportunity to sign legislation of such importance.
How many dominoes would fall? United States diplomats saw a continent ravaged by war looking for strong leadership and aid of any sort, providing a climate ripe for revolution.
Would the Soviets get all of Germany? Or Italy and France? President Truman was determined to reverse this trend.
Greece and Turkey were the first nations spiraling into crisis that had not been directly occupied by the Soviet Army.
Both countries were on the verge of being taken over by Soviet-backed guerrilla movements. Truman decided to draw a line in the sand. Within two years the communist threat had passed, and both nations were comfortably in the western sphere of influence.
A mid-level diplomat in the State Department named George Kennan proposed the policy of containment. Since the American people were weary from war and had no desire to send United States troops into Eastern Europe, rolling back the gains of the Red Army would have been impossible.
In July a majority of the American public had never even heard of the Marshall Plan. But to win passage in Congress, the Truman administration needed strong public support, so it launched a massive public relations campaign.
But in places where communism threatened to expand, American aid might prevent a takeover.
By vigorously pursuing this policy, the United States might be able to contain communism within its current borders. The policy became known as the Truman Doctrine, as the President outlined these intentions with his request for monetary aid for Greece and Turkey.
The war had ruined crop fields and destroyed infrastructure, leaving most of Europe in dire need. To avoid antagonizing the Soviet Union, Marshall announced that the purpose of sending aid to Western Europe was completely humanitarian, and even offered aid to the communist states in the east.
Marshall proposed that a post-war European aid program be initiated. Less than a year later, the Marshall Plan was a reality. The Marshall Plan created an economic miracle in Western Europe. By the target date of the program four years later, Western European industries were producing twice as much as they had been the year before war broke out.Nov 12, · In the White House from to , Truman made the decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan, helped rebuild postwar Europe, worked to contain communism and led the United States into the.
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The Truman Doctrine, With the Truman Doctrine, President Harry S. Truman established that the United States would provide political, military and economic assistance to all democratic nations under threat from external or internal authoritarian forces. The Truman Doctrine effectively reoriented U.S.
foreign policy, away from its . Harry Truman (), the 33rd U.S. president, assumed office following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt (). In the White House from to , Truman made the decision to.
This illustration from the July 16, , U.S. News magazine shows the beginnings of American containment policy.
The U.S. is seen sending troops, advisors and weapons to Turkey in hopes that the country will resist communism and remain democratic. Communism was on the march.
When Harry Truman. NSC, National Security Council Paper NSC (entitled “United States Objectives and Programs for National Security” and frequently referred to as NSC) was a Top-Secret report completed by the U.S.
Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff on April 7,