What do the following quotes from Cold War era US presidents have in common?
Words of Cold Warriors
Force is the only thing the Russians understand, Stalin showed what he was after...the Russians were planning world conquest -Harry S. Truman July 1945
There are only two ways: peaceful coexistance, or the most destructive war in history. There is no third way - Nikita Khrushchev. 1956
I am not going to be the president who saw Southeast Asia go the way China went - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964
The Soviet Union is an evil empire with which talks are fruitless. Soviet leaders reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat -Ronald Reagan, 1980
The comments made by presidents Truman, Johnson and Reagan are similar in that they appear to
A. reject diplomatic solutions to conflict
B. accept detente between the superpowers
C. reject confrontation because of the risk of nuclear war
D. accept collective security as a means of encouraging negotiations
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The only possible answer to this question is A. The comments by the three American presidents are similar because they are all fairly aggressive and imply that the presidents will act strongly against their enemies.
If you look at the other options, none of them even make sense. First of all, there is not a single mention of nuclear weapons or a single mention of the UN or any other collective security group so you would have no reason to pick C or D. Detente is the lessening of tension between the superpowers. Do any of these quotes make it sound like the presidents would like to decrease tensions? No--they all sound like the presidents would like more tension with the communists.
So A is the only possible answer because none of the three sound anything like what you say if you are looking to talk out your differences with your enemies.
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