By S. J. Ball
Based on insights into the constitution of postwar foreign politics printed via the cave in of the Soviet Union, this research offers a clean evaluate of the complete process the chilly conflict. Drawing on newly published fabric and scholarly learn from either the West and previous communist states, it argues that the chilly warfare can merely be understood through exploring the interaction among ideology, household politics, and armed forces defense, not just within the U.S. and the Soviet Union, yet in different states and events with a ability for major army and political action.
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Strategic Air Command would be deployed 'to bases· in England (alternatively to Iceland), and to the Khartoum-Cairo-Suez area and conduct operations from these bases and Okinawa utilising available atomic bombs'. 64 Truman was unhappy with this war plan and called for another option to 'resist a Russian attack without using atomic bombs for the reason we might not have them available either because they might at that time be outlawed or because the people of the United States might not at the time permit their use for aggressive purposes'.
The attempt to meet the remote risk of war created the 'danger of a general preoccupation with military affairs, to the detriment of economic recovery and of the necessity for seeking a peaceful solution to Europe's difficulties'. Although Kennan pointed to the 'solemn warning recently given by the Joint Chiefs of Staff concerning the increasing discrepancy between our commitments and our military resources',72 he was actually worried less by the short-term gap between rhetoric and performance and more by the long-term tendency for resources to grow in order to meet commitments.
The Western powers' only vulnerable area was West Berlin. On 16June the Soviet Union withdrew from the Control Commission for Berlin. On 18June the USA, Britain and France announced that a new German currency would be introduced into their zones. On 22 June the Soviet military governor ordered that only a new Soviet zoue currency should be used in Berlin. The next day, however, the three Western powers extended their currency reforms into their zones of the city. On 24June the Soviets started to blockade the city.