The Cold War was a war full of politics and beliefs along with brutal fighting. Communism was seen as a major threat to the United States. The Soviet Union was trying to, at the time, influence other countries of its communist beliefs in hopes of gaining allies and resources. The Soviets expanded after WWII and the Americans feared this, adding tense to their “alliance.” The Soviet Union’s main targets were Europe but also to gain global exposure and power as well. The United States was aware of this and a policy was created to combat the USSR’s influence. George F. Kennan created this policy in 1947. The policy created was called containment and its mission was exactly as it sounds, to contain communism in all ways possible. At first, a method …show more content…
took leadership in putting an end to communism through alliances. The North Atlantic Treaty created a pact between the U.S. and the North Atlantic Area to fight against the communist countries (Document D). This states that any country under this treaty will support the defending country in any way possible during an armed attack. None of these countries would be singled out by any kind of Soviet attack because it would be the Soviet Union against all the countries under the Treaty. In this treaty, the Security Council took some power in making sure that attacks were reported to them so that they could resolve these issues. This council maintained peace and security to the United States and made big decision relating to the cold war. The leadership taken by the U.S. with this council stopped many battles from starting. Another major contribution to the war, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, offered support for Latin America as he talks about the “successful outcome” and the freedom they gained in 1954 (Document I). Our general’s support of other countries against communist countries reveals the commitment of the U.S. forces towards a communist-free nation. The United States helped Guatemala overthrow the communist president through their air support. Aside from the military assistance, moral and economic assistance was readily available to fight against the harsh reality of aggressive communist
The Cold War period had been a time of great competition between the allied powers and there were arms and space races but once the Atomic bomb had been invented, there was no turning back. There had been quite a bit of history between the Americans and the Japanese but had it been enough to make the USA go ahead and bomb Hiroshima aswell as Nagasaki three days later. Had there been proper reason to go ahead with these actions or were there ulterior motives in the mixture too? At the end of it all, the Americans acted out of greed and vengeance while the Japanese were left to fend for their land.
The attack comes without warning and President Harry Truman, with the help of the United Nations, vows to defend democratic South Korea. The Containment Policy stated that the US would support any nation that are being oppressed by communism and cannot protect themselves from it. This became America’s major reason to intervene in the Korean War. However, the policy of containment came under attack due casualties and economic issues that the policy created. One of the major effects that over extended the powers of American foreign policy is that it gave the US a reason to interfere with any war they wanted as long as it involved communism.
In spite of Eisenhower’s “New Look” military, the Soviet Union continuously tried to spread Communism to the surrounding countries. In 1954, the “New Look” military was put to the test as Ho Chi Minh attempted to establish Vietnam as a communist state, which in the eyes of the United States was not separate from the Communism in the
A large component of the Cold War was the Cuban Missile Crisis; this started when the U.S. attempted to assist the rebel Cubans to defeat the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. The United States failed during the Bay of Pigs invasion by not properly taking out the Cuban Navy and solider as planned. After the attack, Fidel Castro gave a speech stating “Everybody, men and women, young and old, we are all one in this moment of danger. ”(Document H). This attacked caused the people of Cuba to fear what would happen if the U.S.—an omnipotent country of the time—attacked Cuba again.
Sarah Paroya D period I hate MUSH The end of World War II should have marked a period of relief in America but instead, it lead America into a completely different type of war called the Cold War. The Cold War was an ongoing state of political and military tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. This constant state of tension and fear had been embedded deep in the American public.
Containing Communism to only the Soviet Union and its satellite states, becomes one of the key focuses of the United States during the Cold War, so that other countries and societies have to options to decide what form of government that they will have and so that they can have their own freedom. The United States also focuses on building up a “political, economic, and military strength” that will push us toward achieving our mission, the downfall of the Soviet Union and therefore, Communism. (NSC-68). The United States must have a massive military buildup if it plans on going on the offensive against the Soviet Union and their plan to expand their power globally. Political and economic build up for the United States, means that the U.S. will need to count on other free countries for resources while also creating friendly regimes in areas under Soviet Union control.
As Soviet military power was increasing in the 1950s, the United States continued to fear countries being susceptible and falling to Soviet ideals. To further prevent the spread of communism, the U.S. National Security Council created NSC-68, advocating for containment to “prevent [the Soviet Union] from… [causing]... confusion in [American] economy, … culture … and body politic” (“NSC-68). After communist regime took hold in China and Korea, the United States saw it necessary to move to active containment to prevent all traces of communism in East Asia. The United States immediately felt they needed to intervene with anything linked with communism without full understanding of the political affairs in the country.
In an effort to stop communism from spreading, the United States and its allies practiced containment. Containment is the act of keeping something harmful under control, this meant that the United States and its allies will get involved if they needed in order to stop communism from spreading. The U.S and its allies managed to help several countries from falling into communism, but they also suffered their hardships and lost many men during a war to protect their allie, South Korea. On February 1946, the United States, State Department received a telegram, the telegram seemed to give of two warnings.
The US and our allies then formed NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) which was a treaty that put the US and its allies against Soviet Union and they were trying to push them out of Europe. The Soviets then exploded their first atomic bomb in 1949 (“Cold War”, 4), which really changed up our tactics for getting them out of Europe. After the fact the Chinese communists came to control most of China, and the Soviets then supported the communist’s views that were coming out of North Korea. This then set off a Korean War that we then got pulled into because we wanted to help protect South Korea. Then there long lasting dictator Joseph Stalin then passed in the year 1953, which put most of the cold war worries off
The Cold War was an event that directly impacted and influenced many aspects of American society during most of the second half of the 20th century. It mainly intensified due to the antagonistic values of the feuding America and Soviet Union who were each representative of opposing principles. Because they were the two remaining superpowers to emerge from the conflict of WWII the contention between democracy and capitalism soon became a global conflict. The Cold War was unlike any other in the sense that it was as much of a propagandists war as one that included direct military engagement. Although the Korean and Vietnam Wars were important examples of military intervention by the Americans in the name of containing communism these wars did
At the end of the second world war there was an argument about who was more responsible for the cold war the Soviet Union or United States. Many people thought that the Soviet Union was responsible because the ruling insecure the nation. The Soviet Union wanted to expand and influence the world wide. " Instead of continuing Roosevelt
A. This Doc. is about the telegram sent to the US State Department officials in February 1946. The telegram was 8,000 words written by George Kennan, which obviously made two points in his telegram. One being “Stalin and the Soviets believe that communism is better than capitalism,” and also “Stalin and the Soviets believe they will win.” This doesn’t express the US policy commitment to get rid of communism.
The spread of communist ideals was the main cause of The Cold War; the political and economical differences between the Soviet Union and the United States of America created high tension between such countries. As a capitalist country, United States wanted to promote democracy and free markets, while communist USSR wanted to make sure that the communist ideals spread all over the world. After World War II ended, the Soviets created a sphere of influence in which they established communist governments in several other countries. This angered and worried a lot the United States so they created the Containment policy and formed NATO to try to stop the spread of Communism. In return, the USSR formed the Warsaw Pact to formalize military relations