On This Day In History
On this day, 60 years ago, President Truman addressed a joint session of Congress and enunciated what would later be referred to as the “Truman Doctrine.” From the New York Times article that day:
In a request for $400,000,000 to bolster the hard-pressed Greek and Turkish governments against Communist pressure, the President said the constant coercion and intimidation of free peoples by political infiltration amid poverty and strife undermined the foundations of world peace and threatened the security of the
…As the Senate and House of Representatives sat grim-faced but apparently determined on the course recommended by the Chief Executive, Mr. Truman made these cardinal points of departure from traditional American foreign policy:
"I believe that it must be the policy of the
…President Truman said he was fully aware of the "broad implications involved" if the
…Anticipating criticism, not long in developing, that his proposals to lend $250,000,000 to
The President made it clear that the responsibilities he asked Congress to face squarely had developed suddenly because of the inability of
…Although there was a note of apology for the present Greek Government, which the President conceded had made mistakes, it was described as a freely elected one.
The Greek government, he said, represents 85 per cent of the members of the Greek Parliament. He recalled that 692 American observers had been present in
A President, acting unilaterally and by-passing the United Nations to support an imperfect, but freely elected government to prevent it from falling into the hands of forces he refers to (without the slightest bit of irony) as “totalitarian” and compares the issues at hand with those at contest in WWII?
No wonder he left office with a 22% approval rating.
P.S. One has to love the NYT Headline:
Truman Acts to Save Nations From Red Rule
Kinda makes it seem silly that we live in an age where the NYT can't even bring itself to use the word "terrorist."