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Harry S Truman the 33rd president from 1945-1953 greatly exaggerated Russias power and scared the US citizens and government into a Cold War and power struggle After World War II it was inevitable there would be a power struggle as the two most powerful yet completely different countries Russia and the US emerged as the world leaders Russia and the US were allies during the war but with their entirely different government structures and the power-hungry Stalin and the anti-isolationist Truman Russia and the US clashed heads The Cold War controversy was initially publicly ignited by Churchills public speech at Westminster college on March 5 1946 Churchill stated that From what I have seen of our Russian friends and allies during the war I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength and there is nothing for which they have less respect than military weakness Truman was urged by his cabinet not to endorse Churchills statements but Truman being bitter from Stalins broken promise of letting the Polish people determining their own form of government that he promised at the meeting at Potsdam Truman publicly endorsed the speech Truman was also wary if Stalins comments in his February 9th speech that stated another war was inevitable since the American and Soviet systems were fundamentally incompatible Feinberg p 81 Trumans public backing of Churchills opinions came as a shock to the American public because fresh off World War II Russia was still considered a loyal ally to the US These comments caused a lot of hostility and Secretary of Commerce Henry Wallace urged Truman to treat Stalin with the same respect Truman taking Wallaces advice invited Stalin to Missouri to express his viewpoints but Stalin coldly rejected the offer It was like a domino effect because on March 2 1946 Russian troops were supposed to withdraw from Iran as a promise of the Teheran conference of 1943 They were not
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