us counters soviet expansion

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  • I'm taking over Europe. Soon every country will be communistic.
  • Oh no you're not!
  • Yeah! That's what we need to do.
  • We have to do something about communism. We need to try containment.
  • Yes! Great plan!
  • I also propose a policy to support free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.
  • No, that's too much money!
  • After World War II, Stalin broke his promise to let Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania have free democratic elections. Instead, he installed communistic governments.
  • Containment was a U.S. policy used to prevent the spread of communism.
  • What became known as the Truman Doctrine was a detailed report by President Truman on the threat of communism, and Congress quickly agreed to allocate the requested $400 million to prevent the fall of Greece and Turkey to the communists.
  • Lift the blockade! It's doing nothing but hurting us. We have no defense in the sky.
  • The Soviets blockaded all surface access to Berlin from the west. The blockade cut off over two million West German citizens from vital food and supplies. Without these supplies, impoverished Berlin would quickly fall into a crisis.
  • Ha! Take that! I built a wall so now you can't get to Berlin from the west.
  • Oh, watch us.
  • Truman's proposal called for American warplanes to airlift supplies to West Berlin. This plan was immediately accepted, and the "Berlin Airlift" began flying thousands of tons of food and supplies daily. Over 1.5 million tons of food and supplies were airlifted into Germany over the 11 months of the blockade.
  • The Soviets lifted the blockade and allowed the free flow of supplies into West Berlin. Doing so caused the Soviet Union to lose face in what was essentially a public relations war. This dispute further increased tensions between the U.S. and the USSR.
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