Sir Winston Churchill told the truth… to the audience at Westminster College on March 5, 1946. The Truman administration was trying to balance occupation with nation building- the Berlin airlift was still a year away. The Soviet Union was still seen as “our Russian allies” despite their heavy-handed occupation of Eastern Europe. Churchill warned Truman at the Potsdam Conference that Stalin was not to be trusted- Truman listened where Roosevelt had resisted at Yalta. Stalin accused him of warmongering, but the United States instituted the policy of containment.
“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an “Iron Curtain” has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow.”