American Commitments

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New Role of United States in World Affairs

When President Truman went before Congress, Mar. 12, and asked for authority to extend assistance to Greece and Turkey, it was universally recognized that the nation faced a decision in foreign policy of momentous importance. The aid proposed—$400 million in supplies and the services of American civilian and military personnel in supervisory and advisory capacities—did not differ from that furnished to other countries in the war and postwar periods. But the circumstances surrounding extension of aid to Greece and Turkey made the President's request of the highest significance.

No secret was made of the fact that in taking up a burden Great Britain no longer can carry, the United States will be seeking to counteract Soviet pressure on ...

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