Analysis Of George Kennan's Idealism Of Containment

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At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States become rivals. Both nations differed in ideological and strategic goals. George Kennan, an American diplomat, wanted to avoid Soviet expansion. Kennan writes his, “Kennan Telegram,” in which he writes about his creation of the policy of “containment.” Kennan’s idealism of containment becomes the keystone of American Cold War policies such as the “Truman Doctrine,” “The Marshall Plan,” and the “NSC-68.”
The “Kennan Telegram” leads its idealism of containment by the creation of the “Truman Doctrine.” In Part 1 of the telegram, it concludes that the Soviet strategy regarding dealing with the capitalist powers of the world was to have “communism in entire world” (Kennan Telegram). The Soviets wanted a battle
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The “NSC-68” was a document written by the National Security Council that was signed by President Truman. The document called for “a substantial increase in expenditures for military purposes” (NSC-68). The “NSC-68” caused an expansion in containment’s scope beyond the defense of major centers of industrial power to encompass the entire world. A weakness of the Soviet Union was that their leadership was weak militarily, causing the United States and her allies to exploit. To successfully resist Soviet influence in the world means for the United States to keep providing aid to the countries surrounding the Soviet Union to prevent communism from spreading. The “Kennan Telegram” document helps explain the militarism of containment stated in the “NSC-68” because Kennan’s containment policy was what “gave rise to our vigorous sponsorship of the United Nations” (NSC-68). Kennan’s development of containment takes the form of 1950’s militarization by the

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