The Truman Doctrine Thesis Statement

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The United States of America has had a long history of helping other countries in need, but they also go into countries in the name of help to fulfill an alternative motive- power. The United States have had and still have a tendency to try to save the world without the world asking the United States to. The Truman Doctrine was another was for the United States to grab at more power, this time in the name of democracy. President Truman brought forth the Truman Doctrine to Congress to “save” Greece and Turkey. Yet what was he saving them from? President Truman claimed Communists for Greece, “The very existence of the Greek state is today threatened by the terrorist activities of several thousand armed men, led by Communists, who defy the…show more content…
For Turkey? “Turkey has been spared the disasters that have beset Greece.” (Truman Doctrine). In essence, the United States was saving Turkey from the hardship of rebuilding after the war. The Truman Doctrine set a president for foreign policy in the United States. It set the belief that the United States must fix everything in every nation, “If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the peace of the world—and we shall surely endanger the welfare of this Nation.” (Truman Doctrine). This is a new play on White Man’s Burden, where the United States needs to be the hero for other nations, expect for this time the country’s race could also be white. The Truman Doctrine allowed, and is still allowing today, the United States to claim that without them the country will fall apart and it is the duty of Americans to help theses “poor”, “helpless” countries. The effects of the Truman Doctrine are still precedent in the world today. President Donald Trump, has followed in the pattern of sending more troops to Afghanistan. The United States are in war against the Taliban, but while fighting the Taliban United States troops are teaching the Afghan troops. The United States…show more content…
The Marshall Plan brought forth the idea to have a program that involved, hopefully, all the European nations. Secretary of State George C. Marshall believed that without help form the United States, there is no peace. “It is logical that the United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health in the world, without which there can be no political stability and no assured peace.” (Marshall Plan). This is another consequence of the White Man’s Burden. The United States feels without them, the world is in trouble. The United States also believes, that the European nations should and need to listen to them. “It is already evident that before the United States Government can proceed much further in its efforts to alleviate the situation and help start the European world on its way to recovery, there must be some agreement among the countries of Europe as to the requirements of the situation and the part those countries themselves will take in order to give a proper effect to whatever actions might be undertaken by this Government.” (Marshall Plan). The idea that the European nations need to listen to the United States can get very ugly, very quickly. The idea of the United States being in charge can lead to foreign problems such as, in what sense is the United States in charge? When can they enter a country in the name of help? The idea of being in charge will

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