I do not think that is fair because America abused it’s power on other countries that did not have as much capability. Also, the US used the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as a military base. Which I find ironic because, President Kennedy threatens Cuba by stating that the US is using their territory (Cuba’s territory) to fight Cuba. I find it quite interesting how America
At the end of WW2 the United States had so much power, influence, and reach around the world, even they were frightened how they stood alone when taking into consideration the balance of power idea. The Soviet Union wanted this badly, so in their minds, by invading Afghanistan and aiding the Marxist allies, they
Khrushchev and Castro thought that the Soviet missiles landing in Cuba would be the perfect recipe to get to an advantage in the war against Capitalism, and secure Socialist Cuba at the same time. In this manner, Castro and the Cubans were being defensive in their action of seeking help from the Soviet Union and merely placing nuclear missiles in Cuba; it cannot be termed to be aggression against the United States of America if it was a measure undertaken to secure a nation. It is safe to start by turning the tables and looking back to the time when the US was in the shoes of USSR. Was there anything wrong about the British becoming allies, and seeking for the help from the
Castro is an undeniably controversial figure in the United States. For decades the American media had portrayed him as a malevolent communist dictator. By doing the readings and watching the documentary I now know the main reason why America has vilified him, Fidel has managed to defy the United States and put an end to its imperialist expansion in Cuba. My thesis is that despite the United States being a superpower, Cuba undoubtedly managed to end US imperialist expansion and interference in Cuban affairs. Cuba has managed to govern itself as an egalitarian society.
Additionally, these doctrines were also used for the United States’ benefit because in the Monroe Doctrine, the United States forbade European powers from trying to conquer South American countries; in the Truman Doctrine, the United States tried to contain communism and to stop its spread across Europe. The Monroe Doctrine and the Truman Doctrine were used to help other countries against hostile powers, and at the same time these doctrines helped the United States to become and to remain a world power during the Imperialism and Cold War era. In the 19th
The first force of action Kennedy decided to take on Cuba was the economic blockade. This was put in place because Cuba had just signed a trade agreement with the USSR, and Kennedy knew that the USSR having access to planting their missiles only 90 miles away from US territory could be very dangerous. “Since the 1960s, the United States has imposed an embargo against Cuba...the blockade, consists of economic sanctions against Cuba and restrictions on Cuban travel and commerce for all people and companies under US jurisdiction.” This quote is from this website.
Sir Winston Churchill was of the viewpoint that the free people of the world shall not be forced to live in a way they don’t like. He was in the favor of the democracy and the practice of democracy in the whole world not only in Eastern Europe or Western Europe. He wanted and highlighted that the Communist Soviet Union now Russia may take over the democratic Europe and force people to live in a communist society.
The support for Cuba provided the Soviets with several political and diplomatic advantages, and became an immediate threat in the eyes of the American government. On October 14, a U2 spy plane flying over Cuba took pictures of potential nuclear missiles that were examined by many government officials. Eventually, the missiles were deemed not nuclear, but still capable of reaching the United States. Two days later, President Kennedy was briefed on the dire situation and immediately assembled the National Security Council to determine how to address the issue.
The realization of nuclear war, in many ways, was a wake up call for America, the Soviets and the world. Certainly, both countries contributed to the causes of the Cuban Missile crisis, but it is hard to argue that both superpowers anticipated such a crisis. The nationalization of American Companies, the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the discovery of suspected missiles in Cuba by US spy planes were the main contributors to the Cuban Missile crisis. Luckily for the two superpowers, they were able to come to an agreement in which Khrushchev proposed to destroy his nuclear capabilities if America withdrew their missiles from Turkey. If this had not been reached, the picture today would be bleak.
The U.S. military wanted an invasion but Kennedy countered saying it would be a bloody and terrible battle for both sides coming off with fresh wounds from World War 2. Both sides really did not want a war to begin and both superpowers were trying to get the upper hand in the arms race. But negotiations kept going and President Kennedy and Khrushchev both sent letters and radio messages to try to resolve the conflict before war sprung. Thus, the most tense part began wan both sides readied their armies because they thought war would happen. The doomsday clock had begun.
France was desperately in need of economic support and had overseas colonies which were now able to declare their independence. In 1950, the powers of China and the Soviet Union recognized the Viet Minh’s Democratic Republic of Vietnam as the government of Vietnam, but the United States recognized the French backed State of Vietnam as the legitimate government of Vietnam. Representatives from China entered North Vietnam and helped transform the Viet Minh from bands of guerrilla fighting forces into a well trained and supplied army. On May 7, 1954, the Vietminh army defeated the French forces in Southern Vietnam and eventually liberated all of Vietnam from the French. However, the West decided to put power into the hands of Ngô Đình Diệm, a South Vietnamese Catholic who was supported by the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Council.
(Hoekstra Database) The amount of courage and optimism Regan put towards ending Communism was remarkable. He was the first president to ever really attempt to make progress with Gorbachev because many other presidents and world leaders had a great fear of Gorbachev. Regan did not fear Gorbachev, actually from his first day in office, he tried to mend the relationship between the two nations. Many people thought Regan or any other U.S. president did not have the ability to end the cold war.
Truman responded with the creation and implementation of the foundational pillars of United States Cold War foreign policy. George Kennan’s strategy of containment and Paul Nitze’s document NSC-68 became two of the strongest guiding forces for United States foreign policy throughout the Cold War. Containment and a build-up of military force was the prognosis for pursuing Cold War objectives. Simply put, the long-term goals presented by President Truman were: reestablishing a balance of power in Europe, altering the Soviet conception of international relations to bring an eventual end to the war, in addition to gradually fragmenting the international communist movement. In 1946, three post-war confrontations between America and Soviet Russia forced the need for a foreign policy focused on combatting communism.
Something that is interesting are monarchy governments. Monarchies are a type of government where there is a single person dictating what happens, either a queen or a king. Modern day monarchies are vastly different from the monarchies of earlier times. Modern monarchies have become more democratic and the power that the king or queen would have is now divided up between other people and organizations. For example the Queen of England would have ruled over everything from agriculture, to foreign affairs, to warfare, but now the workload and her power is split up between her, the prime minister, ambassadors, and many others making the Queen more ceremonial figure than a figurehead with power.
The Red Scare Analysis During the rise of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union had been brought into an alliance due to both of their desires to defeat Nazi, Germany. Although the Soviet Union’s aggressive, antidemocratic policy towards Europe created tensions even before World War II had ended. That being said, they tolerated each other as much as they could but weren’t exactly friends. The United States government was initially hostile to the Soviet leaders for their decision to take Russia out of World War I and was opposed to a state ideologically based on communism. The main conflict between them was their inability to agree about communism.