Truman Doctrine Dbq

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National Security is a major issue in American Politics. Throughout the decades the issues that threaten national security have changed. In the 1940s, the national security policies are based more on programs rather than the military. However by 2001, the U.S. national security strategies have become more militaristic in nature. In March 1947, Harry S. Truman announced to Congress the beginning of what would be later called the Truman Doctrine. In it essence, the Truman Doctrine was an American foreign policy created to counter the spread of the Soviet’s communism during the Cold War. In his speech, Trum pledged to contain Soviet threats to Greece and Turkey. Ultimately, the Truman Doctrine, supported any country that resisted communism because …show more content…
New Look reflected Eisenhower 's concern for balancing the Cold War military commitments of the United States with the nation 's financial resources. Eisenhower was also concerned about massive retaliation because of the amount and power of the new weapons being created. In order to find out what the Soviets we doing, Eisenhower promoted open skies, however this backfired on him when a U-2 plane was flying over Soviet territory to spy and it was shot down. After this incident, both nations discussed test-ban agreements of nuclear testing. However, the trouble with the Soviet Union was not over yet. The U.S. shifted its focus to third world countries, where they tried to use they CIA covert missions and economic strategies in order to contain the spread of communism and acquire more allies. Especially in Latin America and the middle East, Eisenhower tried to contain the spread of communism. In order to continue containment, Eisenhower created the Eisenhower Doctrine, which promised military or economic aid to any Middle Eastern country needing help in resisting communist aggression. Meanwhile in Indochina, France had lost it holds in the territory and the Geneva Peace Accords of 1954 where it divided Vietnam into Communist-controlled North Vietnam and non-Communist South Vietnam until unification elections could be held in 1956. The Eisenhower administration would not sign this accord because they believed that if Vietnam fell to communism then so would the rest of Asia’ it was called the “domino theory.” Instead the U.S. allied with South Vietnam in the hopes that they could stop the spread of communism in Vietnam. Domestically, Eisenhower created the Highway Act of 1956, in order to create a highway system that could effectively have our military cross and carry missiles from one side to the other of the U.S. in case of a national emergency. Overall concerns

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