The Cold War And The Soviet Union Essay

1048 Words Aug 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
During the Cold War, the communism of the Soviet Union posed as a major threat to presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy, who were the ones responsible for maintaining the United States’ system of capitalism throughout the world and preventing communist governments. However, during each of their presidencies, each of them approached foreign policy during the Cold War with differences and similarities. All three of these presidents, however, followed the guidelines of the containment policy, but each of them made changes in order to fulfill the present needs, which sometimes had consequences.

President Truman was the first president to encounter the threats of communism from the Soviet Union and enforce the foreign policy of containment. Containment was first enforced when president Truman realized that in order to create economic prosperity in the United States and throughout the world, that capitalism needed to be made a global system, however, after World War II ended, the Soviet Union began to enforce communist governments among recovering eastern European nations which threatened American capitalism. As a way to stop the spread of communism, Truman implemented the containment policy which would be used to limit and stop the progress of communism through containing it within its borders. Truman’s version of the containment policy would have the components of increasing the supply of atomic weapons to pose as a potential threat to the Soviet Union, improving and…

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