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Relations between the United States and the Soviet Union grew tense after World War II. Less than a year after the end of the war, the head diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, George Kennan, sent a famously lengthy telegram. In his long telegram to the State Department, Kennan publicly declared the Soviet Union evil. He compared communism to “a malignant parasite which feeds only on diseased tissue.” He further wrote that the United States and the Soviet Union could not cooperate. Instead, the Soviets had to be “contained,” stopping the spread of Communism dead in its tracks.\n\nLess than two weeks later, former British prime minister Winston Churchill visited President Harry Tru