The United States was able to fight communism without having to put U.S forces in action, with support to anti-soviet rebels. In the short term, this proved successful of removing communistic powers and formation of U.S-friendly governments. However, the long term goals of were hampered, as governments that formed usually involved a militaristic regime or total anarchy. It also left many people to resent the United States and later opposed to U.S policies. Especially in Afghanistan, where the U.S cut and ran after the Soviet defeat, not willing to establish some sort of democracy in the country.
The World War II affected the Soviet Union. There were many influential factors, which were formed from the World War II’s aftermath. World War II took place near the Pacific Ocean within Asia and mostly Eastern Europe. After World War II, many communists’ governments were established because of World War II, but the Soviet Union was against communists’ governments. The Soviet Union was initiated the satellite states as a response to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which were against the communism.
1 The USA was deeply hostile towards the Soviet Union and fearing a spread of communism, adopted a policy of containment. 4 In Vietnam the target of containment was Ho Chi Minh and the Vietminh front he had created in 1941. Ho and his chief lieutenants were communists with long-standing connections to the Soviet Union. 5 Hoping to halt a takeover by the communist North Vietnamese (led by Ho Chi Minh) 6, US officials chose to support the anti-Communist prime minister of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem1,. As opposed to the other superpower, America got directly involved, sending not only financial aid1 but actively participating in the military effort.
This point is very controversial, as it appears to be only partially true. Regardless, this was an excuse for America to become super involved in the Vietnam feud. By 1967 there were roughly 500,000 American troops in Vietnam. During the Tet offensive, led by Vietcong (South Vietnamese supporters of North
Blacks were most likely to be killed in war. This created a rupture that would last well past the end of the war. Many soldiers showed their frustration, and the war fed the feelings of disaffection. People in Vietnam wanted to end foreign world dominance while US government press released glorious victories and extolled gratitude of Vietnamese civilians. Veterans came
The goal was to contain countries with a communist government, and prevent the spread of communism to other countries. In light of the Cold War, the American foreign policy had included the Truman doctrine. With fear of the spread of communism, the Truman doctrine stated that the U.S. would help and support countries threatened by communism by political, military, and economic assistance. President Truman stated that the United States must support the “free peoples”, if not the United States “may endanger the peace of the world.. and surely endanger the welfare of our own.” (Document One) The establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known as NATO, also came way as a creation of a network of political and military alliances. Lastly the Marshall Plan, the United States had given billions of dollars to help aid and reconstruct Western Europe after World War II and repel communism.
In the next decade there will be many important events that will be part of the Cold War that will have significant impact on communism and democracy, the Vietnam War where 58,000 Americans died in an effort to contain communism. Other important events were the Gulf War and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and the collapse of the Soviet Union. This would end the Cold War era. This was seen by the United States and its allies as a victory for freedom and democracy and the fall of a communist empire. In conclusion the Cold War was caused by U.S. fear of the spread of communism and other events.
Although however, this strained their relationship between the USSR from having conflicting national interests, this economic concept could be said to have been a huge tension between the USSR and America, as it excluded Russia, alienating them by spreading their capitalist ideologies and all the while ignoring their need for help in rebuilding themselves. Truman based his entire strategy of containment on George Kennan’s analysis of communism. Kennan implied the entire problem is the ideology, and the leaders who believe in it. The American hostility to communism therefore played a huge role in the shaping of the Cold War and showing the divide between the superpowers and highlighting the personalities and conflicting interests between
The tactics exercised by the U.S. and Great Britain were created to impede the Soviet Union’s endeavor to explicate pushover communist governments over subverted nations, with this approach Truman exposed his doctrine which pursued a responsibility in determining U.S. relevance’s. Winston Churchill’s public speech in March of 1946 was the principal impassion of what commenced the Cold War. Truman was solicited by his official’s not to advocate Churchill’s declarations, but he was enraged from Stalin’s refuted affirmation of enabling the polish people to establish their own structure of government, and publicly advocated the speech. The American populaces were dismayed by Truman’s arbitration, because Russia was
The Vietnam War affected both the social and political views of this nation. This war took one great nation and completely divided it in two. As shown by examples in this paper, the political and social changes were drastic enough and demonstrated by enough people that it was able to move an entire generation. Even today, the different views of the Vietnam War are seen in the way the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is viewed by many today: “ A somber reminder of the loss of too many young Americans, and of what the war did to the United States and its messianic belief in its own overweening virtue.” [ (Sitikoff, 1999)