chapter  4
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FDR and Limited War in Europe: A Plausible Middle Course?

ByStephen G. Bunch 59

There has developed over the last two decades a broad consensus among historians of international relations that American policymakers exaggerated to a greater or lesser degree the Cold War Communist threat, especially that issuing from the military power of the Soviet Union. This exaggeration was both rhetorical and substantive; there were associated costs, often immense. Yet at the same time the principle of Containment that served as the guidepost for U.S . foreign policy in Europe in these years appears to have been generally sound.