Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Truman Doctrine

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Over the years from 1945 to 1989, different presidents use doctrines to take a stand on issues such as the Truman Doctrine was to help countries from the threat of communism spreading. Other president’s doctrines were similar in that they were to stop the spread of communism by different ways and intensity. There were situations that they felt required U.S. diplomatic efforts during Truman time in office. During the time Truman was in the office, the doctrine was called Truman Doctrine and took actions that showed his standing on the issue of trying to prevent the spread of communism. The actions and events which took place from the Truman Doctrine had effects on the U.S. and other countries. The Truman Doctrine had its advantages and disadvantages …show more content…
and other countries it was meant to help to prevent them from being influence by communism. In the case with Greece and Turkey, they lost support for aid from the British and Greece was in a civil war. The U.S. believed that Soviet was trying to influence the civil war and spread communism into the country. With the aid from the U.S., Greece was able to stop the communist rebellion. Turkey was able to resist the pressure from the Soviet Union to become communist. According to History.com (2009), the effect from the Marshall Plan, promoted European economic integrations and federalism, which made it similar to the U.S economy and made their economy friendlier for American investment, (2009). Due to the Marshall Plan, it help Europe economy recover and prosper quicker which helped limit Soviet Union from spreading communism into Europe. Another effect of the Truman Doctrine on the U.S. was that it outlined foreign policies for the Cold War, that the U.S. would aid any country that may fall to communism. When this was set, the U.S. had to get involved with the Korean was because of North Korea as communism and South Korea was a democratic …show more content…
The Truman Doctrine was the start of the policies set for dealing with other countries during the Cold war. The disadvantage to this was that if the U.S. did not want to get into any more conflicts and one came up in which a democratic country needed aid, the U.S. had to get involved to help defend democracy. According to Frazier (2009), people feared that it would lead to spending large sum of money to other countries and could lead to a breakdown with relations with Soviet Union or war, (p. 4). By helping countries with aid, other countries may look at the support as a way to spread Western or American ideals that they find as a threat to them. Countries that we are not helping may also think we are trying to get a military advantage going into a country. For an example, recently U.S. wanted to setup missile defense in Poland to help defend Europe from rogue states in the Middle East but Russia is against it, taking it as a threat against them. Granted setting up the missile defense is not toward any conflict that for Truman Doctrine, but it shows how other countries may feel threated by U.S. actions. Another disadvantage to the U.S. was the cost of the support that could have been put into other programs to help people in the U.S. However, the advantage to giving the aid to counties that needed help would be to improve relations with them and probably

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