The Cold War

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However, it was also the closest turning point to nuclear war as well as the first documented instance of mutual assured destruction. This doctrine, also known as MAD, is a policy of military strategy and national security policy in which the complete utilization of weapons of mass destruction by enemies would completely destroy them both. Such is the case for the two main superpowers during the Cold War. The “13 Days” of the Cuban Missile Crisis marked the most dangerous encounter in the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. This was because the crisis of nuclear power brought about a direct clash between the Soviet Union and America, nuclear weapons dominated a political dispute, and the entire world was in grave jeopardy. The past few years before the commencement of the Cold War already gave rise to hostility between the United States and the Soviet Union. As World War II came to an end, it was evident through the Potsdam Conference that President Harry Truman and Soviet Joseph Stalin were opposing each other. Unlike former President Roosevelt for whom Stalin had respect, Truman did not trust Stalin because the Soviet dictator made it evident that the USSR would have complete control of the Eastern European countries. Because the Soviet Union was spreading communism to these areas, the United States…

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