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"A New Kind of War": America's Global Strategy and the by Howard Jones

By Howard Jones

America's adventure in Greece has frequently been brought up as a version through these later policymakers in Washington who regard the involvement as a "victory" for American overseas coverage. certainly, President Johnson and others stated Greece because the version for America's deepening involvement in Vietnam throughout the mid-1960's. Greece turned the battlefield for a brand new type of war--one that incorporated using guerrilla struggle, propaganda, battle within the shadows, terror strategies and victory in response to outlasting the enemy. It was once additionally a try out prior to 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 was once the point of interest within the improvement of a world approach designed to wrestle totalitarianism. He additionally argues that had the White condominium and others drawn the genuine "lessons" from the intervention in Greece, the selections concerning Vietnam could have been extra conscientiously proposal out.

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Greeks on both sides of the fighting had lost confidence in their government's ability to provide security. The only way to re-establish order, MacVeagh insisted, was for the United States to make clear, especially to the Soviet Union, its determination to prevent aggression. 24 By 1946 the Greek government had taken its case to both the Truman administration and to the United Nations. Greek representatives exerted pressure on the State Department to help them achieve territorial and reparations claims.

28 HOLDING THE LINE IN GREECE 27 The Greek government had aleady begun a campaign for American economic assistance. In early January 1946 spokesmen in Athens asked the Food and Agriculture (FAO) Mission for Greece to determine whether UNRRA assistance had helped. Mission representatives found the Greek economy dangerously weak, and warned that outside assistance would be necessary after UNRRA's scheduled termination on March 31, 1947. The Greek government should seek aid from the UN Economic and Social Council as well as the American and British governments.

The mission was expected. After Tsaldaris had arrived in London, he informed the American ambassador of his government's interest in an additional loan from the Export-Import Bank. State Department officials consulted the bank, and even though they informed Greece that the time was not good to ask for another loan, they agreed to discuss the country's situation. Members of the Greek economic mission, headed by the prominent political figure Sophocles Venizelos, met with Export-Import Bank officials and submitted a program calling for a credit of $175 million.

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