Containment- a U.S foreign policy adopted by President Harry Truman in the late 1940's, in which the United States tried to stop the spread of communism by creating alliances and helping weak countries by creating alliances and helping weak countries to resist Soviet advances Brinkmanship-a policy of threatening to go to war in response to an enemy aggression Domino Theory- the idea that if a nation falls under Communist control, nearby location will also fall under Communist control Iron curtain- during the cold war, the boundary separating the Communist Nations of Eastern Europe from the mostly democratic nations of Western Europe
Containment- a U.S foreign policy adopted by President Harry Truman in the late 1940's, in which the United States tried to stop the spread of communism by creating alliances and helping weak countries by creating alliances and helping weak countries to resist Soviet advances
Brinkmanship-a policy of threatening to go to war in response to an enemy aggression
Domino Theory- the idea that if a nation falls under Communist control, nearby location will also fall under Communist control
Iron curtain- during the cold war, the boundary separating the Communist Nations of Eastern Europe from the mostly democratic nations of Western Europe
Ok so the leaders of the United States(Franklin Delano Roosevelt), Britain(Winston Churchill), and the Soviet Union got together for great big meeting to decide what we were gonna do after the war. We were more than fair to the Soviets who seem to be quite needy nowadays. Germany is going to compensate Russia for all the lost life and property but our friend Winston doesn't think Russia's going to hold up it's end of the bargain in the end.
So we all got together again to decide how to divide up the territory of Germany. Us of the United States think it's extremely gracious of us to give the Soviets all of those independent states on the condition that they give them free elections... Will they keep the pledge?? The world may soon find out....
So after the war we could see that we were fairing a little bit better than the European nations so we gave those in the west some cash to get back on their feet. We did offer money to some of the weaker eastern European nations under the Soviets but they were banned from accepting it. I personally think that the Soviets are getting a little stuck up not to take aid...
Joe 1 was the mind child of the Soviets. In an attempt to catch up with us in the arms race. Even though we already had atomic bombs, they thought that they could scare us while they were catching up. But trust me, our president was not going to let them take the upper hand.
Western Europe was totally freaking out a little about possible Soviet aggression. That would be bad for EVERYONE... So we got together with Canada and about ten other European countries to create NATO(North Atlantic Treaty Organization). This meant that if someone in our group was attacked, everyone(including us) would respond with armed forces.
The US had South Korea and it's ruralness while the Soviets took over North Korea and set up an industrial nation. The line between the two was drawn at the 38th parallel. When the Soviets armed North Korea in hopes of taking over the rest of the peninsula, the US defended our little buddy and gained the support of 14 othe nations(not counting us). China eventually joined the silly Soviet side because they weren't the big man on the block with United Nations troops off their coast.
So we were busy minding our own business when we got a call that France needed our help. France had a large portion of Southeast Asia. Nationalist independence movements were sparking up everywhere and the French were losing prety badly. This was partially due to the fact that the Nationalistt leader, Ho Chi Min, went to the silly Soviets for aid in their revolt. They ended up spliting into North and South Vietnam but with the threat of Eisenhower's doino theory taking effect, we decided to step in. We need to stop the evil Soviets from spreading their communism to the rest of the world. It just isn't right. The war was pretty unpopular at home so we started gradually pulling out. in the end, our efferts were relativly fruitless and North Vietnam overran our little friends in the south. over a million lives were lost and it is still known as one of the most unpopular wars the US has participated in.
In response to NATO in the west, Stalin brought together all of the countries under his power to form the Warsaw pact. This was supposed to be his backup plan since he saw us and NATO as a threat. The division between the East and West alliances was only reinforced by the stupid Iron Curtain...
So we watched while British interests controlled parts of the Suez Canal. After the Arab-Israeli war, Egypt took control of it. This made Britain really angry so they got France and Israel together to try and take it back. We quickly pressured them to move out to protect the interests of the world community. Surprisingly, we helped Egypt out.. I guess we really like those pyramids.
Ok.. I'll admit it. I feel like us Americans have fallen short of the mark in terms of our science and education programs. Those darn Soviets are always trying to one up us. But who cares? in 1958, we'll launch our own satellite and it will have a batter name than Sputnik... :P
After we messed up the Bay of Pigs invasion, we knew that we couldn't underestimate the Cubans or Soviets. When Khrushchev bagan building missile site in Cuba, we quickly demanded the removal of the missiles and set up a naval blockade. Heroic Kennedy kept us from a disastrous fate and the attack or spread of communism to the U.S. YAYYY!
We finally decided to engage in a a Detente policy. This means we are gonna lessen our tensions with the silly Soviets and play nice for a little while longer... What a joy :) This policy was made possible by.. Richard Nixon and a guy named Zhou.. Thank you. P.S. Breznev was the premier at the time.
With China on our side, we met with Brezhnev and held a series of meetings to ensure that a true mesure of Detente was possible. Our great leaders negotiated in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and convinced the Soviets to sign our brilliant treaty. 33 nations later and we have the Helsinki Accords
The stupid Soviets were at it again in Afghanistan. They spread their messed up version of communism and soon enough, the afghans had a communist government. In a stroke of rebellion, rebels threatened to topple the communists. We rushed to save the day as per usual and supplied the rebels with our weapons. With our help they chased out the Soviets ans were back to normal... until the Taliban... but that's a different story
Reagan was a vocal anti-communist. As our president he had the power and will to prevent the spread of comunism as well as to protect the country that we all know and love. A program that was never truley put into effect, The SDI(strategic Defense Initiative), was a program designed to protect against enemy missiles. Even after Joe 1, WE were smart enough to have a plan ready for action.
So after the Korean War the US made it top priority to stop the spread of communism The Vietnamese Communists started to be jailed by the French and they revolted and tried to confine French cities After France was defeated the International Peace conference was held they set up an anti-communist government with a new leader.
So the U.S and I are no longer buddies. We no have that guy Hitler around so we decided to go our separate ways. Churchill and the lot of us went to this sweet resort and divided up Germany. I promised that Eastern European nations would have free elections but then again I was crossing my fingers so it doesn't really count
So we all decided to meet and Winston Churchill wanted to decide how to divide up Germany but I don't see how he could think he should get a say to begin with. If you ask me it should just go to the Soviet Union because we are awsome
So the US has the audacity to give money to all the Eastern European countries and I am just so angry. They even thought we could possibly want some of it too! Well we don't need their stupid money and neither does our Western European Nations so I told them they couldn't.
So we kind of help West Berlin hostage......but that's not important. The important thing is that the US has done it once again and been a jerk. They were so upset that they created some group called NATO(North Atlantic Treaty Organization) So I guess with we attack any of them we are in trouble now. We will show them!
So we finally exploded our first atom bomb! We named it after our famous leader:Joseph Stalin! Now the US and I are in the race to the ultimate weapon: the hydrogen bomb! We are at the edge of war at this point
So in 1949 both The US and us backed out from Korea but we knew the the US would not defend them so we have them weapons and tanks. North Korea attacked the South and the UN had to be involved. They were able to drive the North Koreans back but Korea is still divided.
So in response to NATO we decided to create something similar called the Warsaw pact which included the Soviet Union, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania. The Eastern European nations were forced to join but if you ask me that is an upgrade for them
So the Egyptians took over the Suez Canal and then the British and French worked together to get it back with a lot of pressure from the Us and the US to get the Egyptians out. We might have agreed on something but i still hate them.
HA! we got the US again! we made plans for a satellite that could travel great distances and in October 1957 we put the first unmanned satellite into space. Apparently all the Americans feel behind! Well they should! They are ALWAYS behind!
So the Soviet leader Nikita said the Us would not resist Soviet expansion so they began to make 42 missile sites. But some horrible spy from America caught it! They made a blockade on Cuba. If you ask me Cuba should have blown them away when they had the chance
So the US finally started to back off and they proposed a policy of lessening War tensions called Detente. It grew into real Polik which means realistic polotics
SALT(Strategic Arms Limitation Talks)
So we tried to invade in Afghanistan and we expected an easy win be we were sort of stuck because the stupid Americans got in the way the supplied the enemy with weapons! They were worried about their insignificant oil supplies! So they stopped grain shipments were boycotted! I mean who does that!