Identify the basic assumptions of the containment policy. Describe how the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and NATO reflect these assumptions.
What will be an ideal response?
The containment doctrine assumed the Soviet Union was aggressively antidemocratic and anticapitalist. But it also assumed that Soviet expansion could occur only if the West showed weakness, so the United States had to adopt a policy to prevent any expansion of Soviet territory or communist influence. The Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and NATO were economic and military aid policies designed to check Soviet expansion and to remove the internal sources of communist insurrection.
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