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James Livingstone Critical analysis of Americas policy of Containment BlockA History 12 Americas Policy of Containment was introduced by George Kennan in 1947 This policy had a few good points but many more bad pointsKennans depiction of communism as a malignant parasite that had to be contained by all possible measures became the basis of the Truman Doctrine Marshall Plan and National Security Act in 1947 In his Inaugural Address of January 20 1949 Truman made four points about his program for peace and freedom to support the UN the European Recovery Program the collective defence of the North Atlantic and a bold new program for technical aid to poor nations Because of his programs the future of mankind will be assured in a world of justice harmony and peace Containment was not just a policy It was a way of life In 1945 the United States saw the Soviet Union as its principal ally By 1947 it saw the Soviet Union as its principal opponent The United States misunderstood the Soviet regime Despite much pretence national security had not been a major concern of US planners and elected officials historical records reveal this clearly Few serious analysts took issue with George Kennans position that it is not Russian military power which is threatening us it is Russian political power or with President Eisenhowers consistent view that the Russians intended no military conquest of Western Europe and that the major role of NATO was to convey a feeling of confidence to exposed populations which was suposed to make them sturdier politically in their opposition to Communist inroads the US dismissed possibilities for peaceful resolution of the Cold War conflict which would have left thepolitical threat intact In his history of nuclear weapons McGeorge Bundy writes that he is aware of no serious contemporary proposalthat ballistic missiles should somehow be banned by agreement before they
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