The Cold War. The Cold War. Containment Mutually Assured Destruction Korean War, 1950-1953 Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 Afghanistan, 1979-1989 Mikhail Gorbachev. The Kitchen Debates, 1959. The First Phase, 1947-1953. George Kennan’s “Long Telegram” and the policy of containment
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The Kitchen Debates, 1959
US and Soviet soldiers meet on
the Elbe, April, 1945
Russian refusal to demobilize
Russian treatment of Poland, Eastern Europe - The Iron Curtain
Chinese Civil War
1949 Russian explosion of A-Bomb
US delay in invading France
Truman Doctrine of 1947
US nuclear supremacy
US technological advantages
NATO, Marshall PlanRecent Problems:A Bipolar World
US dilemma: how to respond to a Communist invasion of Korea without starting World War III?
“Korea is outside the United States sphere of influence. We have no vital interests there” - American Secretary of State Dean Acheson, 1949.
The King gets drafted, 1958
Soviet advisors in Vietnam, 1966
Israeli pilots in 1973 flying the American-made F-4 Phantom
US supported mujahedeen rebel in Afghanistan. It seemed like a good idea at the time
Building tight US – Saudi links also seemed like a good idea at the time
“I was talking about another time and another era” – Reagan when asked about his “evil empire” statement of 1982