Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Truman's March l947 speech

Harry S. Truman's speech of March l947, in which he asked Congress for $400 million to help defend Greece and Turkey against Communist aggression, is considered to be the foundation of the Truman Doctrine. Truman was at best a journeyman orator, so the delivery wasn't anything special, but the words mean a lot. Click here to read this milestone address.

1 comment:

german said...

oh yes containment. that nice idea of keeping them back. i wonder if those countries really liked us or if they realized they were merely a pawn in the power struggle. i know greece had some problems with a future american president who tolded them and their parliament to f- off. and turkey of course wants to be like europe but never is really accepted all these years what a quandry