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The main foreign policy options the US had were confrontation and acquiescence. For the first, the US could have tried to drive communism back. In other words, instead of trying to keep it from spreading, they could have tried to destroy it where it already existed. For the first, the US could simply have decided that communism was not a major threat. They could then have allowed it to spread without trying to prevent it. These three options (these two plus containment), represent a continuum from a weaker response (acquiescence) to a stronger one. The US can be said to have taken the middle path.
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