Harry truman’s presidency and the cold war



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Kim Il-Sung -- supported by Soviet Union
            c. Sec. of State Dean Acheson claimed Korea was outside essential US defense
                perimeter in the Pacific and U.S. forces were reduced there.
        2. June 25, 1950 -- N. Korean army with Soviet-made tanks invaded S. Korea and took nearly all the country.
        3. Truman resurrected NSC-68, a call to quadruple US defense spending, and ordered a massive military buildup well beyond the purposes of the war. -- US soon had 3.5 million men and was spending $50 billion -- 13% of GNP
        4. UN Security Council (with Russia absent) called for members to restore peace and condemned the invasion with a vote of 9-0
            -- UN votes military aid to South Korea.
        5. UN votes to establish UN force with Truman’s choice,


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