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America's adventure in Greece has usually been stated as a version by means of these later policymakers in Washington who regard the involvement as a "victory" for American international coverage. certainly, President Johnson and others observed 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 integrated using guerrilla battle, propaganda, struggle within the shadows, terror strategies and victory in line with outlasting the enemy. It was once additionally a attempt prior to the area of America's get to the bottom of to guard the primary of self-determination. Jones argues that American coverage in the direction of Greece was once the focus within the improvement of a world technique 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 inspiration out.

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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.

Wartime property damage in Britain caused by air bombardments totaled almost six billion dollars at current replacement costs. Heavy industrial losses had resulted from the government's wartime policy of allowing the depletion of capital goods by deferring all but the most vital maintenance and repairs. Net depletion appeared to have been more than one and a half billion dollars. Reduced exports were especially damaging. The wartime decision to cut the British merchant fleet by 25 percent was an obvious contributor, but another factor was more important.

The rugged terrain bordering Yugoslavia, Albania, and Bulgaria was laced with mountain trails suitable for moving men and supplies. The surrounding populace included a substantial minority of communists, who had gained control over many local administrative positions. Only three main roads or railways, all of which were easy to sabotage, connected the north with Athens and Salonika. An American intelligence report cautioned that by the following spring or winter the guerrillas might install an "independent pro-Soviet regime" that the "satellite states" would recognize as a prelude to granting open aid.

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