By Howard Jones
America's event in Greece has usually been stated as a version through these later policymakers in Washington who regard the involvement as a "victory" for American international coverage. certainly, President Johnson and others stated Greece because the version for America's deepening involvement in Vietnam throughout the mid-1960's. Greece grew to become the battlefield for a brand new type of war--one that integrated using guerrilla war, propaganda, conflict within the shadows, terror strategies and victory in keeping with outlasting the enemy. It used to be additionally a attempt sooner than the area of America's unravel to guard the main of self-determination. Jones argues that American coverage in the direction of Greece was once the focus within the improvement of an international process designed to wrestle totalitarianism. He additionally argues that had the White residence and others drawn the genuine "lessons" from the intervention in Greece, the choices relating to Vietnam could have been extra rigorously suggestion out.
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6 Soviet involvement remains problematical, but little doubt exists that the guerrillas received considerable help from the communist states of Yugoslavia, Albania, and Bulgaria. Many of the guerrillas received training and equipment in camps located inside these neighboring countries. Not everything possessed by the guerrillas came from these sources. Their arms, which included machine guns, rifles, grenades, mines, and mortars, came primarily from materials stolen in Greece—weapons the British had furnished to the resistance during World War II and wartime supplies left behind by Italy and Germany.
The Soviets were unquestionably extending military assistance to groups seeking to overthrow the Greek government. America's ambassador INTRODUCTION 15 to Greece, Lincoln MacVeagh, observed that communist-caused chaos would not necessarily lead to direct Soviet intervention as long as Russiancontrolled forces in the states bordering Greece could achieve the same goal. 28 The Department of State warned that a communist takeover of Greece would facilitate the Soviets' "master plan" for the encirclement of Turkey and their penetration into the eastern Mediterranean.
Britain would provide two million pounds' worth of military equipment free of charge, but the Americans would have to furnish enough financial aid to enable Greece to meet other civil and military needs by the end of 1947. If State Department analysts were correct in regarding the presence of British troops as "purely symbolic" and a mere "scarecrow against the left," their departure would nonetheless imply the end of Western assistance and invite more trouble. In the meantime Soviet border threats had forced the Turkish government into a state of military preparedness that likewise necessitated aid for military reorganization and economic development.
"A New Kind of War": America's Global Strategy and the Truman Doctrine in Greece by Howard Jones