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Vladimir Putin

Woodside, Wilson

Recalling when the tide turned in Europe in 1948. The tide turning in Asia in 1950 and 1951; events that caused that turning. Providing some counter-weight to Russia. American armed strength; ready for what? The Soviet line; what the Soviets want. A shifting balance as Western rearmament is achieved. The need for a clear policy with regard to how this shift in the balance of power is used; for clear political aims to justify the great effort in rearmament. A discussion concerning ways of using our military power. What our policy towards the Soviets should be. Pressing the Soviets back out of Europe by agreement after agreement. The lack of certainty that this can be done without war. The danger that pressure may unleash war. Recognizing that danger in the talks over how to get the war over in Korea. An object lesson from Korea. A basic principle in dealing with the Community enemy, with illustration. The need to use different kinds of pressure to get the Soviets to take the Red Army back home. Suggestions as to what those pressures could be. Making Stalin willing to conclude an Austrian Treaty and what that would mean in terms of the Soviets maintaining troops in Hungary and Romania. Pressing for the conclusion of a German Peace Treaty. A consideration of the effects on the Satellite countries. Continuing and stepping up broadcasts to the Czechs and Slovaks from Radio Free Europe in Munich. Encouraging and helping Czechoslovak refugees to organize for the liberation of their country. The possibility of duplicating this in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Poland. The situation of Albania. The risk of committing ourselves to the overthrow of the Soviet Regime; to the break-up of the Soviet-Russian Empire. The risk of all-out war. The needed policy of the use of an implied threat of support for the Soviet minorities through broadcasts which go out daily over various stations. What a Soviet retreat from Eastern Europe would mean to the Soviet regime. The three aspects of the speaker's general idea, in summary. The events in Germany and Japan crying out to us that we can make a large part of the peoples of Russia our allies. Preventing a third World War.

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