During the Second World War . . . [American leaders] calculated that the
United States of America, if it could avoid direct participation in the war,
would enter it only at the last minute, when it could easily affect the
outcome of the war, completely ensuring its interests.
In this regard, it was thought that the main competitors of the United States
would be crushed or greatly weakened in the war, and the United States by
virtue of this circumstance would assume the role of the most powerful
factor in resolving the fundamental questions of the postwar world.
Excerpt from a telegram sent by Soviet Ambassador Nikolai
Novikov to Soviet Leadership in September 1946.
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