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In this case, Truman almost certainly was affected by strong pres sures from Congress to take a harder line toward the Soviet Union. In the midterm election of November 1946, Americans of East European descent, angry about communist gains in their former homelands and disappointed with the administration’s performance on domestic issues, deserted the Democrats in droves to help the Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1928. Especially after this election, it was only natural that President Truman would work hard to turn the widespread anticommunist sentiment to his own political advantage.
Both nations thus continued their substantial nuclear programs, which led to the first successful Soviet test in 1949 and, in the early 1950s, to the decision by each government to develop the vastly more destructive hydrogen bombs. 27 Downward Spiral during the Truman–Stalin Years, 1945–1953 The nuclear arms race quickly became a central feature of the Cold War, distinguishing the US–Soviet rivalry from other con flicts between great powers in the past. Nuclear weapons both set limits to the struggle—that is, helped to keep it cold—and inten sified it in many ways, not least through fear, in each country, that the other might try to obliterate it in a surprise attack.
In an administration that was short on experienced and knowledgeable students of Soviet behavior, the articulate, schol arly Kennan emerged as the leading US government expert on Russia. Called home from Russia in 1946 and installed by May 1947 as head of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, Kennan provided theoretical underpinnings for American policy in the early postwar period. Given the Cold War atmosphere, it is not surprising that most of his colleagues paid more attention to his scathing indictments of the Soviet system and its tendency toward expansionism than they did to his calls for restraint and balance in American policy.