The Truman Doctrine

The Truman Doctrine was a policy set forth by U.S. President Harry Truman on March 12, 1947 stating that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent their falling into the Soviet sphere. Truman stated the Doctrine would be “the policy of the United States to support free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.”  Truman reasoned, because these “totalitarian regimes” coerced “free peoples,” they represented a threat to international peace and the national security of the United States. While his request was limited to $400 million in military aid to two governments, Truman’s rhetoric had assumed that the US had assumed a permanent global resposibility.

If Truman never became president and made this doctrine, Greece and Turkey could have been taken by th Soviet Union and fallen to cummunism. Communism could have spread to major portions of the world as well as to the US. Then the fear of the Americans that the communist will take away their freedom would come true.

5 thoughts on “The Truman Doctrine

  1. The Truman Doctrine was an important policy in that it portrayed America’s position regarding communism and showed that Truman was determined to prevent the spread of such a practice. It also displayed America’s position as a global force because it took the responsibility of helping other nations.

  2. I agree that this Doctrine, which helped involve the US with aiding Greece and Turkey, provided the USA a way into the war and viewed as a person to look at for global help and security, trying to stop the growth of communism, and which led to winning the war and eventually coming out the war as a Super power.

  3. Truman Doctrine dicided to aid Greece and Turkey to recover their economy because U.S believed that if U.S. were lose the alliance of Greece and Turkey, there would be a domino effect and whole European countries would became communist countries.

  4. The Truman Doctrine set a precedent on how the US was going to resist against communism. Truman and his administration took a proactive approach in fending off Communism in which Truman actually provided resources to other nations in order to abate the spread of Communism instead of focusing on resiting it only at home.

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