FOREIGN RELATIONS: Plan of Operations

For days the cables to Washington had borne reports of new Soviet pressure throughout Eastern Europe. Then came reports from Greece.

The Greek Government did not seem to know exactly what was happening. It reported at first that its country had been invaded by a large organized force from the north. Some of the Athens communiqués sounded like war, some merely like more guerrilla fighting in Epirus. Whatever was going on, the U.S. Government made up its mind to prevent 1) a Communist overthrow of the Greek Government, or 2) establishment of a separate Communist stooge-state.

Secretary of State George Marshall...

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