Quote, Winston Churchill An iron curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lies all the capitals of the ancient states of central and eastern Europe, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, an Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in the Soviet sphere and are all subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and increasing measure of control from Moscow.
The Long Telegram Soviet viewpoint defined in the Long Telegram (5,540 word cable message) of 1946 Written by an official in the American embassy in Moscow – George Kennan
The Long Telegram Communists believed in a long- term struggle against capitalism No permanent settlement possible
Policy of Containment If the U.S. could keep the Soviets from expanding their power, it was only a matter of time until the Soviet system fell apart
The Truman Doctrine 1947 Stated that the U.S. would provide money to countries threatened by Communist expansion
Quote, Dean Acheson (US Secretary of State) Like apples in a barrel infected by disease, the corruption of Greece would infect Iran and all the East... Likewise Africa, Italy, France... Not since Rome and Carthage had there been such a polarization of power on this earth.
The Marshall Plan June 1947 Plan for European recovery after WWII Stop spread of communism by providing money for unstable governments