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United States war against communism?

Okay so after WWII the United States vowed to fight against a communist revolution right? Was there an official decree or document or speech or anything like that to solidify this statement? If so what was it called and who was it by?

The US failed to uphold these terms with the revolutions in China and North Vietnam as well as North Korea, if that rings a bell.


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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    The United Sates proactive foreign policy known as "containment" was declared by Harry Truman as the Truman Doctrine on March 12, 1947.

    For the next 30 years this doctrine was more successful than not. In 1949 the Communist Chinese won the long-term civil war in China and created the People's Republic of China. In 1953 the Viet Minh succeeded in taking control of North Vietnam. In 1959 Fidel Castro came out of the closet and admitted his little banana revolution in Cuba was a front for a Communist takeover.

    After the American withdrawal from Vietnam in 1973 the neo-radical left in the US Congress disengaged the United States from the Cold War. For the next decade the USSR went berserk and promoted Wars of National Liberation all over the World, overrunning SEA (confirming the validity of the domino theory), destabilizing South and Central America, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. They deployed SS-20 missiles in Europe to neutralize NATO, threatened to invade Poland, and DID invade Afghanistan. Essentially the proved that Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford had been right all along. The USSR DID need to be contained.

    The problem with the Communist aggression was that they tried to take-over by force. They destabilized whole regions and Continents in the hope of being able to seize control in the chaos. They set up exactly the kind of hot-house conditions which had sparked WW I and WW II. American policy was not JUST to fight Communism, we were trying to ensure that their little hair-brained military adventures did not boil over into a general war (WW III). Things almost got out of control in Korea in 1950, the Caribbean (Cuba) in 1962, and the Middle East in 1973 (the Yom Kippur War). But, in the end the Truman Doctrine was successful, and the USSR finally fell in 1991 after Ronald Reagan reengaged the US in the Cold War in 1980.

    Source(s): History-buff....
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  • 3 years ago

    War Against Communism

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The Truman Doctrine by- well, President Truman.

    The Marshall plan also vowed to "contain" the spread of communism.

    Source(s): Myself
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