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Containment Strategies During The Cold War

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Paul Gornati
Tibbles / Schreiber
English 6,7 / American Cultures 10
27 February 2017
Containment Strategies in the Cold War
During the Cold War, communism was spreading. The three presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy needed a way to stop it from spreading. All Three turned to the idea of containment. Ayers, et al. defines containment as a Policy by George F. Kennan, that started in the late 1940’s and was created to stop the spread of communism by providing economic aid, and military aid to countries opposing the Soviets. All three cold war presidents had similarities and differences in the way they dealt with stopping the spread of communism. All of them used the idea of containment, but Truman focused more on economic aid,
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In 1949 the US and six other counties joined the original five countries to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, otherwise known as NATO. “According to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an armed attack against one of the member nations would be considered an attack against all. NATO is how Truman used Military Use. Those policies, plans, and organizations all played a part in how Truman helped contain communism. But Eisenhower did things a little differently.
The Next President to deal with the spread of Communism was Dwight D. Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth president of the US. In the Eisenhower Doctrine Eisenhower takes about an action that he proposes. “It would, first of all, authorize the United States to cooperate with and assist any nation or group of nations in the general area of the Middle East in the development of economic strength dedicated to the maintenance of national independence.” (Eisenhower) That is reasoning of economic aid to other countries. In the Eisenhower doctrine he also states that this action would allow the executive to undertake in the same region programs of military aid, and cooperation with any nation which needs the military aid. After Eisenhower became president in 1953, he began to think of a theory called the domino theory. This was the idea that if a country fell to
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