The policy of Eisenhower and Truman were rather different but had one similarity. The two presidents marshaled deterrent schemes to end the spread of communism. This was by halting the expansion of the Soviet Union’s propagation of communist policies in the world. The two sought to stop spreading of communism in Europe (Henretta and Brody Chapter 26).
Eisenhower and Truman used different foreign polices to counter the growth of the Soviet Union. The administration of Truman was more worried about Stalin’s tendencies to expand communism, and therefore, he chose conventional warfare as the best scheme to contain him. In order for Truman to sell his policies to the Congress, he employed the use of rhetoric and threats. This was because the implementation of his policies was an expensive affair. Truman put more emphasis on the use of conventional warfare other than the use of nuclear weapon.
The policy of Eisenhower was contrary to Truman’s; he was more concerned with his own popularity and cutting of the taxes than sending military expenses overseas. He was able to employ the use of nuclear energy as a deterrent to the Soviet Union. He employed the use of a more capital-intensive method and a less labor-intensive method to deter the expansion of the Soviet Union influence. Eisenhower emphasized the need to use nuclear weapons at any time. He succeeded in blurring the line between the use of nuclear and conventional warfare (Henretta and Brody Chapter 26).
Economic policies of Truman were also different to those of Eisenhower. Truman prioritized keeping taxes low, capping government expenditure while, at the same time, he was increasing military expenditures in Europe and Asia. Truman sought to implement an assorted aid packages to Europe and Asia. This was influenced by the belief that economic stability in those counties was an essential recipe for peace and stability in the international arena. Contrarily, Eisenhower vouched for a fiscal policy that was conservative, and favored trade with the European countries other than sending aid packages (Henretta and Brody Chapter 26).