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The Truman Doctrine and The Marshall Plan The Truman Doctrine On Friday, February 21, 1947, the British Embassy informed U.S. State Department officials that Great Britain could no longer provide financial help to the governments of Greece and Turkey. If the countries were to have the resources to resist communism, the United States would have to provide assistance. In a meeting between congressmen and state department officials, Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson expressed what would later become known as the domino theory . He stressed that not only was the future of Greece and Turkey at stake but if these two key countries were to fall to the communists, all of the Middle East and perhaps India were at risk. Addressing a joint session of Congress President Truman asked for $400 million in military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey. The President’s proposal, known as the Truman Doctrine , would guide U.S. diplomacy for the next forty years. The adoption of the Truman Doctrine was significant – America had acknowledged her position as a world leader and cast aside the long- standing policy of isolationism.
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