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Dictator, Joseph Stalin - USSR
After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were the worlds strongest nations.
President, Harry S. Truman - USA
The Berlin Crisis, caused policy officials to believe that the United States needed to check Soviet influence abroad in order to prevent further spread of communism. Truman incorporated this into his Truman Doctrine.
The USA and the USSR each built a stockpile of nuclear weapons. Soviet police rested on the conviction that a nuclear war could be fought and won. The USA adopted nuclear deterrence, the credible threat of retaliation to forestall enemy attack.
During the cold war, the Cuban Missile Crisis involved the USSR armed with nuclear weapons.The placement of these weapons were in Cuba and in launching distance of the US. Intimidating the US.
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