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4.8.08 pearl harbor/Truman doctrine/etc. Truman Doctrine speech cont’d Turning point in history, british pulling out, etc o Needed to scare the crap out of congress to get $$ Every nation now has to choose a way of life (democracy or communism) o Too many nations aren’t being allowed to make that choice for themselves o Only the US can stem the tide Speech became a “blank check” for intervention – it’s the US responsibility to intervene for “free peoples” Doctrinal Statement Very important to intelligence and military establishment Became a lens for them to interpret their orders from the CinC if we get rich and the rest of the world doesn’t, it creates resentment, chaos US needs to be engaged w/ the world on every level o Sometimes this means the use of force For their benefit and ours Still involves some risk o See 9-11 o International jet travel -> terrorists can get here
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