← BACK TO VBC BLOG The Cold War at 75: It All Began March 12, 1947 by Todd DePastino President Harry S. Truman addressing a joint session of Congress asking for $400 million in aid to Greece and Turkey. This speech became known as the "Truman Doctrine" speech.
← BACK TO VBC BLOG A New Cold War? George Kennan's 1946 "Long Telegram" Might Provide an Answer by Todd DePastino By February 1946, 42-year-old American diplomat George Kennan had spent almost half his life abroad. He'd started in the US Embassy in Moscow in 1933, then on to
← BACK TO VBC BLOG The Day Stalin Declared World War III by Todd DePastino On February 9, 1946, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin delivered with much fanfare an election speech at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Yes, an election speech. The Soviet Union held elections every four years for
← BACK TO VBC BLOG Why March is Women’s History Month: A Tangled Cold War History by Todd DePastino Vietnamese teachers line up in matching dresses and take photos, recognizing International Women's Day. Photo from VBC's 2018 Tour of Vietnam On our VBC trip to
. . Despite having lived all over the world during his long Air Force career, you can still hear the Texas in Ben Wright’s voice. He grew up in Big Bend Country, as far west in West Texas as you can get. Now Ben and his wife live in Beaver, Pennsylvania,