Why didn’t America try and prevent the Russian revolution the Cold War and today’s hostile Russia might have been avoided?
In 1917 USA was a world power Russia was about to collapse.
What the hell was CIA predessor doing
What do we pay the bums in the CIA for they cannot even cover up UFOs and alien visitation.
Did USA not see it coming was it all a shock.
- Anonymous11 months agoFavorite Answer
Woodrow Wilson believed that the Russian Civil War was an internal Russian matter that outsiders shouldn't intervene in. He reluctantly approved an American expeditionary force to Siberia to protect allied materiel there and to help repatriate foreign fighters in Russia, but the American forces were given the, ultimately impossible, mission of staying neutral in the matter of the future governance of Russia. It also wasn't clear at the time that the Bolsheviks would be a bad thing. The commander of the American forces in Siberia thought that the Reds weren't any worse than the Whites and said something along the lines of "From what I can see, what makes a man a Bolshevik is just that he cares about what happens to Russia and wants the best for it".
- MercuryLv 711 months ago
The USA had no means to do it.
- FredLv 711 months ago
When the Russian revolution happened no country had ever been communist before and there was no sign of what it was to become. Communism appeared to be a good idea where society was not ruled by heartless bosses and everyone was equal and worked for the good of the country. Unfortunately people like Joseph Stalin managed to hijack the system and become a ruthless leader that they could not get rid of. Until WW2 Russia kept itself to itself and bothered no one else, but by the end of WW2 had become one of the most powerful militaries in the world and Stalin had managed to keep all the countries that Russia had liberated from German control.
Stalin knew while the USA had atomic bombs he could not start his own WW3 and do what Germany did in trying to conquer and rule all Europe. Stalin ordered a plan to de-stable the workplaces of capitalist countries and have Russian agents help union leaders who could be convinced to help make capitalism collapse so Russia could help set up a communist government of which they would have some control of. It was a way Russia could conquer the world without using its military. For 36 years the capitalist allied countries searched out these Russian spies and agitators to prevent the spread of communism into stable capitalist countries. The Russians found the free capitalist peoples were not as easy to convince they would be better off under communism. At the time countries like the USA and other allied countries were going through a boom and no realistic person would ever believe communism offered them a better life so Russian interference and agitators had little effect.
Vladimir Putin is an old KGB man who seems to believe Russia must still be seen as a world power even though it has a poor economy to pay for it. The Russians have been pushing the limits of the territory of some of its old Communist enemies and are doing what is called rattling the sabres which means they are showing the world that Russia still has some ability to show the world they are not a spent power as the world was starting to treat them in the 1990s. Much of their military equipment is old as they cannot afford to replace it all, but they are supposedly building some very futuristic new equipment trying to regain some credibility as a world power.
America did step in when it realised Russia was becoming a danger to capitalism or sponsoring other communists to take over countries. Remember the Vietnam war was the Allies attempt to stop the spread of communism in Asia and many saw it as a failure but what would have happened if the allies had done nothing and the communists thought "that was easy, lets go on and invade the rest of Asia.
It was Hitler and the Nazis who forced Russia to build a huge military that caused all the problems as once Russia had this super world class military Stalin realised he had become one of the most powerful men in the world and started to have ideas of turning all the world communist with himself at the top. Once Russia had the atomic bomb the Russian leaders felt more confident they could take over the world through covert actions, but as history shows they did not do as well as they believed they would.
- Tim DLv 711 months ago
Which Russian Revolution? 1905?
USA did not have a single agency which was in anyway comparable to the CIA (or OSS). And anyway the purpose of an intelligence agency is not to prevent revolution in another nation. It might, if its political masters permitted it, pass on information to foreign agencies.
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- AthenaLv 711 months ago
It is during the Great War, Russia is on the other side of the world, and why do we have any say in how a country selects its leaders?
- Gray BoldLv 711 months ago
After the Bolshevik government withdrew from World War I, the Allied Powers openly backed the anti-communist White forces in Russia. Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War consisted of a series of multi-national military expeditions in 1918. The stated goals were to help the Czechoslovak Legion, to secure supplies of munitions and armaments in Russian ports, and to re-establish the Eastern Front. Overthrow of the new Bolshevik regime was an additional, covert motivation. Allied efforts were hampered by divided objectives, war-weariness from the overall global conflict, and a lack of domestic support. These factors, together with the evacuation of the Czechoslovak Legion, compelled the Allied Powers to withdraw from North Russia and Siberia in 1920, though Japanese forces occupied parts of Siberia until 1922 and the northern half of Sakhalin until 1925.
- Larry CLv 711 months ago
That is " try to", and the U. S. was not engaged in any foreign aggression in 1916, let alone deep in Europe which was in the middle of war. If the Czar had been smart enough to stay out of the war, his family would be in power today. Getting 3 million soldiers killed and injured that might have protected you from radicals does not show much intelligence.
- Pearl LLv 711 months ago
maybe they couldnt prevent it
- Jeff DLv 711 months ago
They did. The US sent several thousand troops to Russia during their civil war (1918) to fight against the red army. Other WWI allies also sent troops. They wanted Russia back in the war on their side (and to overthrow the communists too, ofc).
But Russia was just a side-show during WWI. None of the Allies had many troops to spare. After the war, the Allies were too war-weary to invest many troops in Russia; and they thought that the communist regime would collapse eventually anyway (which it did, but it took 75 years).
- Anonymous11 months ago
Because it would cause WWIII