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How did the Long Telegram (1946) affect the USA and USSR alliance?

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isabel17 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM via web

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How did the Long Telegram (1946) affect the USA and USSR alliance?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM (Answer #1)

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By the time that George Kennan wrote the “Long Telegram” the US-USSR alliance was pretty well dead already.  Stalin had already given his “two camps” speech.  The US public had already found out about Soviet spies stealing atomic bomb secrets.  This was not a good relationship at that point.

Even so, Kennan’s telegram played a part in further destroying the alliance.  Kennan argued in the telegram that the Soviets were expansionist and should not be trusted.  He argued that the US should take the lead in trying to prevent the spread of communism.  By writing the telegram, Kennan helped to influence American decision-makers to see the Soviets as an enemy that needed to be contained.  This further damaged the already very weak alliance between the two countries.

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