FOREIGN RELATIONS Challenge & Response
The words were President Harry Truman's. He meant the Communist seizure of Hungary. It was no ill-considered, uncalculated outburst. The President had had a week to prepare his answer to Russia's challenge of the Truman Doctrine. Warned the President: the U.S. will not stand idly by.
Before the day was out, George Marshall struck at one of Russia's most sensitive nerves. At Harvard's commencement exercises, where he accepted an honorary doctorate of laws, the Secretary of State answered the Russian challenge by urging an economically integrated Europe. Europe must get together on its needs. Henceforth,...