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Regarding the policy of containment, was the United States correct to think of the Soviet Union as expansionist and as a threat to American liberty?

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As the Second World War progressed into its later years, the United States and Soviet Union, once allies, became bitter rivals with their vastly different political and economic philosophies: democracy/capitalism (US) and communism (Soviet Union).  Containment was considered to be a remedial policy by the United States as a way to stop, or "contain," the spread of Communism under the Soviet Union's influence.  The belief of the US was that if the conditions were right and the Soviet Union was able to transition its neighbors to convert to its political philosophy, widespread Communism would potentially sweep the...

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