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Why America Shouldn’t Panic About Its Latest Challenger

In February 1947, U.S. President Harry Truman huddled with his most senior foreign policy advisers, George Marshall and Dean Acheson, and a handful of congressional leaders.

  • Fareed Zakaria
  • Foreign Affairs

The topic was the administration’s plan to aid the Greek government in its fight against a communist insurgency.

Marshall and Acheson presented their case for the plan.

Arthur Vandenberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, listened closely and then offered his support with a caveat.

“The only way you are going to get what…

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