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Manwon Lender

Why Didn't President Truman end the Cold War in 1945, and stop the expansion of the Soviet Union

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Manwon Lender

By 1946 the relationship between the Soviet Union and Western powers had not only soured it had become hostile. This culminated of this occurred when the Soviet Union in June of 1948 blockaded Berlin. This was the first international crisis and it was the actual beginning of what would become the Cold War. ow let me digress, some Senior American Military Leaders along with the leaders of other allied Nations warned Truman in 1945 that the Soviet Union was going to become a major threat to the Western World. The Britsh even went farther, they began to make a war plan to push the Soviet Union not only out of Germany, but also back to the Soviet Unions pre-war borders, this plan was named Operation Unthinkable. 'Operation Unthinkable' - The National Archives

All of the planning was a result of the Conference at Yalta in 1945 where it became obvious that the Soviet Union had no intention of returning Nations they had freed from Nazi tyranny back to the control of the governments of those Nations. This started the planning to remove the Military Forces of the Soviet Union from those countries by force. In reality if President Truman had agreeded with Britain and other allied Nations this could have been accomplished without much difficulty , however do to President Trumans inaction the Cold War became a reality. In addition the Nations of Eastern Europe would be forced to adopt communist ideology and to be controlled by the Soviet Union for the next 48 years.

Operation Unthinkable:

'Operation Unthinkable' - The National Archives

President Truman and the Origins of the Cold War

BBC - History - World Wars: President Truman and the Origins of the Cold War

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Sir Wearer of Hats

Honestly? It was because he didn’t want another bloody war so soon after WW2. America was still inherently isolationist, they only got physically involved in WW2 because, after their declaration of war on Japan, The Third Reich declared war on them and things like Lend Lease had to be couched in terms of business rather than resistance of a toxic ideology. 

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Manwon Lender
1 hour ago, Sir Wearer of Hats said:

Honestly? It was because he didn’t want another bloody war so soon after WW2. America was still inherently isolationist, they only got physically involved in WW2 because, after their declaration of war on Japan, The Third Reich declared war on them and things like Lend Lease had to be couched in terms of business rather than resistance of a toxic ideology. 

You certainly make some great points, but when you consider that in 1945 America was totally prepared and our industry was still very geared up for war. Not to mention that if he had chosen to take the path of war, the allied forces would have completely destroyed all Russian resistance in lest than a single year.

Can you even imagine what Europe would look like today if the Cold War never happened?

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Manwon Lender

From 1945-1949 the United States and the U.K. We're making plans to bomb Russia back into the Stone Age, the British Plan was Code Named Operation Unthinkable. Another plan with US Involvement was Code Named Operation Drop Shot.

The plan, dubbed Operation Unthinkable, stated that its primary goal was “to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and the British Empire. Even though ‘the will’ of these two countries may be defined as no more than a square deal for Poland, that does not necessarily limit the military commitment.” However, after the United States “tested” its nuclear arsenal in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, Churchill and right-wing American policy makers started to persuade the White House to bomb the USSR.

A nuclear strike against Soviet Russia, exhausted by the war with Germany, would have led to the defeat of the Kremlin at the same time allowing the Allied Forces to avoid US and British military casualties, Churchill insisted. Needless to say, the former British Prime Minister did not care about the death of tens of thousands of Russian peaceful civilians which were already hit severely by the four-year war nightmare.

He [Churchill] pointed out that if an atomic bomb could be dropped on the Kremlin, wiping it out, it would be a very easy problem to handle the balance of Russia, which would be without direction,” an unclassified note from the FBI archive read.

Following in Churchill’s Footsteps: Operation Dropshot

Unthinkable as it may seem, Churchill’s plan literally won the hearts and minds of US policy makers and military officials. Between 1945 and the USSR’s first detonation of a nuclear device in 1949, the Pentagon developed at least nine nuclear war plans targeting Soviet Russia, according to US researchers Dr. Michio Kaku and Daniel Axelrod. In their book “To Win a Nuclear War: the Pentagon’s Secret War Plans,” based on declassified top secret documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the researchers exposed the US military’s strategies to initiate a nuclear war with Russia.

The names given to these plans graphically portray their offensive purpose: Bushwhacker, Broiler, Sizzle, Shakedown, Offtackle, Dropshot, Trojan, Pincher, and Frolic. The US military knew the offensive nature of the job President Truman had ordered them to prepare for and had named their war plans accordingly,” remarked American scholar J.W. Smith (“The World’s Wasted Wealth 2”).

https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/from-1945-49-the-us-and-uk-planned-to-bomb-russia-into-the-stone-age

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1 hour ago, Manwon Lender said:

You certainly make some great points, but when you consider that in 1945 America was totally prepared and our industry was still very geared up for war. Not to mention that if he had chosen to take the path of war, the allied forces would have completely destroyed all Russian resistance in lest than a single year.

Can you even imagine what Europe would look like today if the Cold War never happened?

Patton wanted to invade Russia because Stalin was as beastly as Hitler and the States already had the equipment and manpower there. . 

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23 minutes ago, Piney said:

Patton wanted to invade Russia because Stalin was as beastly as Hitler and the States already had the equipment and manpower there. . 

The biggest advantage the United States had in 1945 was the Atomic Bomb, the Russians did not conduct their first Nuclear test until 1949. When their weapon worked they officially became the Worlds Second Nuclear Power. But, up until that point no Nation Worldwide could have with stood an attack by the United States. But, there was following problem:

total number of complete Nuclear Weapon in the US Inventory by year.

1946 - 9

1947 - 13

1948  - 50 

1949 - 170

First Russian test detonation if a Nuclear Weapon:

1949 - 1

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1177/0096340213501363

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