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Containment

1945 - 1991

-United States foreign policy introduced at the start of the Cold War, aimed at stopping the spread of Communism and keeping it 'contained' and isolated within its current borders, otherwise the 'domino effect' would occur, where if one nation became Communist, the surrounding ones would follow.

Brinkmanship

1945 - 1991

Pushing your military to the brink of war in order to convince other nations to follow your demands

Domino Theory

1945 - 1991

The theory that if one state became communist, then other states would follow suit.

Iron Curtain

1945 - 1991

-Symbolized the ideological conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991.

USSR

Yalta Conference

February 4, 1945 - February 11, 1945

-The leaders of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union met at the Soviet Black Sea resort of Yalta
-They agreed to divide Germany into zones of occupation controlled by the Allied military forces
-Germany had to pay the Soviet Union to compensate for war losses

Potsdam Conference

July 1945 - August 1945

-The American Truman tried to force us to permit free elections

Marshall Plan

1948 - 1951

-The United States used their precious money to bribe countries to not become communist.
-This was a so-called "aid program"

Explosion of Joe 1

January 1949 - June 1949

-We finally launched our own atomic weapon, Joe 1.
-The US is just mad that we are at the same level as them.

Formation of NATO

January 1949 - June 1949

-The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a defensive military alliance formed by ten western European nations, America, and Canada, was America's way of being a coward.
-We did not do anything to be seen as a threat.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

-The 38th parallel is a line that crosses Korea at 38 degrees north latitude
-We supplied the North Korean because we thought that those coward Americans wouldn't back up South Korea
-The Americans couldn't stop us themselves so they enlisted the help of the countries in the UN and helped out South Korea
-Now Korea is divided into the Communist North and the democratic South (which is disgusting)

Vietnam War

1954 - 1995

-Those stupid Americans thought they could stop the spread of communism by fighting the North Vietnamese after Vietnam was split into two parts.
-The Americans couldn't take the heat of the battle so they left! What cowards!
-Communism wins!

Formation of the Warsaw Pact

January 1955 - June 1955

-The Warsaw Pact is our alliance with East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania.
-This alliance is totally better than America's NATO.

Suez Canal Crisis

January 1956 - June 1956

-Nasser realized that America wasn't good and took the Suez Canal.
-Those dadgum freedom-junkies tried to take it back.

Sputnik launched

August 1957 - September 1957

-We launched the world's first unmanned satellite using an ICBM!
-Suck it Murica!

Cuban Missile Crisis

July 1962 - August 1962

-America could not defeat Cuba in the least. It was actually kinda embarrassing.
-We don't think they can stop us from expanding into Latin America so we are going to build 42 missile sites in Cuba.
-Unfortunately, the US found the sites and blockaded Cuba, but we managed to secure Cuba's safety and left.

Detente

January 1970 - June 1970

-The Americans wimped out and didn't want to fight us Russians.
-They started the Detente, a policy of lessening Cold War tensions.
-This replaced brinkmanship.

SALT Talks

January 1972 - June 1972

-The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) was signed by Nixon and Brezhnev.
-It limited the number of missiles we could have.
-I think the US was afraid of us becoming too powerful.

Invasion of Afghanistan

January 1979 - June 1979

-We had been supplying the Afghanistan's Communists but a revolt started, so we had to go in there and help them out.
-We got pushed out of there because the mujahideen had been supplied with American guns! Darn Americans!

Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative

January 1983 - June 1983

-Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative was supposed to protect America from enemy missiles.
-The Americans didn't even put it into effect but it was some kinda "symbol,"

MURICA

Yalta Conference

February 1945 - March 1945

-A meeting among the leaders of USA, Britain, and Soviet Union
-Agreed to divide Germany into zones controlled by Allies
-Made Germany pay Soviet Union for compensation
-Its good now that Germany is safely divided.

Potsdam Conference

July 1945 - August 1945

-City in Germany where Truman, Stalin, and Chruchill met to discuss stuff.
-Truman urged Stalin to permit free elections in Eastern Europe, but he refused.
-Those commies really need to have free elections like us. Freedom rocks!

Marshall Plan

1948 - 1951

-United States assistance program that provided food, machinery, and other materials to rebuild Western Europe
-Used to help countries leave communism
-This plan really helps the other countries. Also, it helps our goal of containment!

Formation of NATO

January 1949 - June 1949

-North Atlantic Treaty Organization
-10 European Nations, US, and Canada formed a defensive military alliance.
-Those commies better be scared of us freedom fighters.

Explosion of Joe 1

July 1949 - December 1949

-The Soviet Union exploded its version of the atomic weapon as a response to our production
-Those dang Soviets are gonna push us into a war from copying our genius ideas.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

-38th parallel is the latitude where in the north Japanese troops surrendured and in the south Japanese troops surrendured to American troops
-United Nations(good guys)(US, Britain, South Korea) vs. North Korea
-South Korea flourished, countries stayed separated, DMZ on border
-Containment was successful! We pushed back the commies and showed the USSR what for!

Vietnam War

1954 - 1995

-Vietnam vs. France, US, Cambodia
-North Vietnam imposed communist ideas on the south
-US normalized with the crazies in 1995
-its a good thing we pulled out of that war before we really hurt those commie Vietcong

Formation of the Warsaw Pact

January 1955 - December 1955

-Soviet Union's response to NATO, included them, East Germany, Czech, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania.
-Those Soviets are just trying to copy our already genius NATO alliance

Suez Canal Crisis

January 1956 - December 1956

-Egyptian president sent in troops to take canal, controlled by British
-Nasser's anger caused by loss of financial support ftrom US and Britain
-British made agreement with Israel and France to retake canal.
-I don't know why that dude got so mad. He's just lucky we let him keep the canal.

Sputnik launched

August 1957 - September 1957

-Soviets announced development of a rocket that could travel great distance, used on sputnik
-First unmanned satellite above the earth's atmosphere
-Obviously secret commie plan to destroy freedom
-They should just wait until we do something like send a man to the moon! That'll show 'em! Go MURICA!

Cuban Missile Crisis

July 1962 - August 1962

-Soviet leader secretly created 42 missile sites in Cuba
-Spy plane discovered sites, Kennedy order removal of sites and naval blockade of Cuba
-We really screwed up the commies' plan to attack us and now Cuba is blockaded! Go US!

Détente

January 1970 - June 1970

-Nixon used idea, and visited communist China
-a policy of lessening Cold War tensions
-It's good that we're playing the peacekeeper in this war. We're awesome.

SALT

January 1972 - December 1972

-A series of meetings call Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
-Held between Nixon and Brezhnev in US and USSR
-Limited levels of ICBM's and Sub-launched missiles
-I think those Russians are only agreeing to the SALT because they're afraid that we already had more weapons than them.

Invasion of Afghanistan

January 1979 - December 1979

-Soviets invaded Afghanistan
-US armed the rebels in Afghanistan in fear of losing oil resources
-Thanks to us the Soviets didn't keep their control in Afghanistan.

Regan's Strategic Defense Initiative

January 1983 - December 1983

-A program used to protect against darn commie missiles
-Remained a symbol of US anti-Communist sentiment
-Reagan really put his foot down with this plan. We're glad that everyone knows just how anti-commie we are!