By Howard Jones
America's event in Greece has frequently been mentioned as a version via these later policymakers in Washington who regard the involvement as a "victory" for American overseas coverage. certainly, President Johnson and others pointed out Greece because the version for America's deepening involvement in Vietnam in the course of the mid-1960's. Greece grew to become the battlefield for a brand new type of war--one that incorporated using guerrilla battle, propaganda, struggle within the shadows, terror strategies and victory in keeping with outlasting the enemy. It used to be additionally a try ahead of the area of America's get to the bottom of to guard the main of self-determination. Jones argues that American coverage in the direction of Greece used to be the point of interest within the improvement of an international procedure designed to strive against totalitarianism. He additionally argues that had the White residence and others drawn the genuine "lessons" from the intervention in Greece, the choices concerning Vietnam could have been extra conscientiously notion out.
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But the KKE was indecisive because the attitude of the Soviet Union and its allies was unclear. Christopher M. Woodhouse, a close British observer of events at the time and author of several works dealing with the subject, now believes that the KKE might have stayed with political methods had the West given the party a chance to take part in the electoral process. 12 Thus, even though the reorganization process of the guerrilla army was under way by early 1946, the KKE had not yet made a decision for civil war.
The war had forced the liquidation of more than four billion dollars of foreign investments, a figure that grew to more than five billion in the period afterward. Net income from foreign investments had dropped to half the prewar level. Britain was now a debtor on the international account. Its short-term liabilities to other nations—through accumulated sterling balances—were more than fourteen billion dollars. Finally, little hope existed for rapid recovery. The State Department estimated that for Britain to make up losses in overseas income and pay back debts to the United States and Canada, it would need an economic miracle—an increase in exports to 175 percent of the 1938 volume.
The United States planned no "open, blunt attack" on the Soviet Union, Henderson later explained, but his country must save Greece and Turkey. Legislation was needed to authorize American aid beginning on April I.