Czechoslovakia. That little country, with the plaque of Woodrow Wilson. That little country which had shown the world Hitler’s intentions. That little country where my father fought in WWII and his buddy in the trenches next to him was killed. “With invaluable assistance from Soviet actions in Czechoslovakia, the Administration…” got the Marshall Plan.
I love the way the political battles of the Dems v. the ‘Pubs echo today over, big government intervention, billions of dollars in aid, interventionism, isolationism, and the public and political will to put troops on the ground or enact a draft.
Here you have, as we just had in 2010 , a Republican take over of Congress in mid-term elections, blocking legislation, like the Marshall Plan (or in 2011 raising debt cielings) , fear of pulling “British chestnuts out of the fire” in Greece, and then you have the coup in CZ.
The militarization of the Truman Doctrine needs some examination as does the role of the CIA. What does the CIA do in Italy? Can you think of another country, maybe outside of the current discussion, where the CIA has done something similar?
So where does the fault lie for the emergence of the Cold War? Is it Truman? Is it Stalin? Is it Fear? What do you think?