25 April 2013
Truman Doctrine VS. Marshall Plan
The years after the war brought times of disagreement and argument. The United States worked at this time to contain and control the spread of communism. During the years of WWII and the Cold War this idea was prominent and an issue America thought must be solved. Their were two strong attempts to fight communism. These attempts were the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. These ideas go hand in hand making them "two halves of the same walnut."
In 1946, Greek communist broke out into war wight the Greek government. On March 12, 1947, Truman gave a speech to congress discussing the events taking place overseas. Truman wanted to aid the Greek government as well as Turkey for they were informed that they would not be receiving Britain's military aid anymore. He was granted $400 million to fight communism in Greece and Turkey. This became known as the Truman Doctrine and was especially influential because it showed the United States would fight the spread of communism worldwide. Before the war, the United States policy was to stay out of foreign affairs. "The Truman Doctrine effectively reoriented U.S. foreign policy, away from its usual stance of withdrawal from regional conflicts not directly involving the United States, to one of possible intervention in far away conflicts." (Office of the Historian). The goal of the Truman Doctrine was to intervene to support any nation that was being taken over by another country. Although the Soviet Union was not directly mentioned by name it was directed towards them saying that the United States were behind any country and support them with military aid so they would not fall into the Soviets way of communism.
The Truman Doctrine was a great attempt at stopping the spread of communism. The Marshall Plan together with the Truman Doctrine created an even bigger push in weakening the appeal of communism. The Marshall Plan was...