After World War II, a struggle between the Communist nations and the democratic nations occurred which is known as the Cold War.The United States had a policy set up that clearly stated that any nation invaded by a communist country would have the assistance of the United States Government in controlling Communism expansion.This theory was known as containment.Containment was used throughout the Cold War, and the policy appeared to be a success by stopping communist Russia.Was the United States wise in implementing their philosophy of containment?Since the Communist nations were held back and did not expand their beliefs, the goal of the United States was reached and containment served its purpose.
In my opinion, enforcing containment was an excellent decision. During World War II, the Communist and democratic nations fought as allies against Japan, Germany, and Italy.We were indeed the most powerful nation but we did not wish to receive the burden of world leadership.Thus resulting in the reduction of armed forces for the United States.Then, as we entered the Cold War, the United States and Russia were on separate sides wishing to defeat the other.What caused this change? During World War II we both had a common goal, to counter the Nazi threat.After Hitler was defeated, the United States and Russia remembered their longstanding disagreements.
Before the Cold War began, the United States reduced their arms, but Russia only kept expanding.After the U.S. discovered Russia's plan of expanding, they began to increase their military weapons.In order to stop Russia, a plan to counter their expansion must have been made.
In the March of 1947, Harry Truman declared in the Truman Doctrine, that the United States would help any free nation resist a Communist attack.The theory used to contain the expansion of Communism throughout the world was known as the Containment Policy.Some believed that his new theor…