General Discussion, Sunday, March 5, 2023

March 5, 1946.

Winston Churchill delivers his Iron Curtain speech. The historic address delivered by Sir Winston Churchill on 5 March 1946 at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, in the presence of President Harry S Truman.

Churchill, who had been defeated for re-election as prime minister in 1945, was invited to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he gave this speech. President Harry S. Truman joined Churchill on the platform and listened intently to his speech. Churchill began by praising the United States, which he declared stood “at the pinnacle of world power.” It soon became clear that a primary purpose of his talk was to argue for an even closer “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain—the great powers of the “English-speaking world”—in organizing and policing the postwar world. In particular, he warned against the expansionistic policies of the Soviet Union. In addition to the “iron curtain” that had descended across Eastern Europe, Churchill spoke of “communist fifth columns” that were operating throughout western and southern Europe. Drawing parallels with the disastrous appeasement of Hitler prior to World War II, Churchill advised that in dealing with the Soviets there was “nothing which they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for military weakness.”

Truman and many other U.S. officials warmly received the speech. Already they had decided that the Soviet Union was bent on expansion and only a tough stance would deter the Russians. Churchill’s “iron curtain” phrase immediately entered the official vocabulary of the Cold War. U.S. officials were less enthusiastic about Churchill’s call for a “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain. While they viewed the British as valuable allies in the Cold War, they were also well aware that Britain’s power was on the wane and had no intention of being used as pawns to help support the crumbling British empire. In the Soviet Union, Russian leader Joseph Stalin denounced the speech as “war mongering,” and referred to Churchill’s comments about the “English-speaking world” as imperialist “racism.” The British, Americans, and Russians—allies against Hitler less than a year before the speech—were drawing the battle lines of the Cold War.  (



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24 Responses to General Discussion, Sunday, March 5, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars, have a blessed Sunday!

    Spanish Missions in California….

    Mission San Fernando…

    Love mission or church corridors like this.

    1900 Postcard…

    List of Spanish missions in California (just click on the small pictures)…

    Mission San Gabriel…

    During the 4th grade our class visited this mission as part of the required California history studies.

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    • Lucille says:

      Mission San Juan Capistrano is also a favorite and I’ve visited it a number of times over the years….

      Swallows on a Mission

      Imagine you are in San Juan Capistrano, California, on March 19. The mission bells are ringing. Crowds of reporters and tourists jam the streets. Mariachis play. A parade marches. A huge fiesta is underway. And everyone’s eyes are on the skies. What’s up? The cliff swallows have returned to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and it’s the city’s biggest yearly celebration.

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  2. Pa Hermit says:

    To me, the real problems started to accumulate at record levels from the “fundamentally changed” America! Many of those people in power positions remain in power. They were appointed by the Kenyan. Our esteemed MSM has remained in total silence as to the way we are heading. The best way to recover is to learn from the Uniparty. Conservatives had better learn rather quickly on “how to ballot harvest!” Someone needs to write a book for John Q. Public on “Ballot Harvesting For Dummies.” Our next election is fast approaching.

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  3. texan59 says:

    Mornin’, all. Our Favorite Sunday Columnist has some thoughts on courtroom activity over the last week or so. Coffee’s brewing.

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  4. texan59 says:

    Coffee’s up. Grab a cup and sit a spell.

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  5. texan59 says:

    This tells me everything I need to know about Bolshevik Bernie. He has no idea of the difference between equity and equality. Embedded in the video in this link. About :40 seconds. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked. But I am.

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Afternoon All. The sun was out when we got up this morning. Now there is a little bit of a haze over the sky, but it is still bright. I didn’t get to go to church because the lady I ride with took a fall on Monday and is still hurting. I thought about driving myself, but since it still drops below freezing at night, I prefer to wait in hopes it will warm up enough to not worry about black ice or whatever I might come across. Loki is just as happy I didn’t go.

    Hope everyone is healthy and warm.

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  7. texan59 says:

    Back to H*ll! See ya’z later! 😀 😀 😀

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  8. czarina33 says:

    Poisoned weeds today. Bright, warm outside.

    A man brought his 5 yr old son and a family friend to fish on the lake. They walked up to say hello first, check on me. Scott has been looking out for us and the property for as long as we have owned it, clearing trees which fell over the driveway during Katrina, and keeping the driveway clear until we finally got a tractor. I have another couple of neighbors who have helped, and continue to offer to help, making sure I have their phone numbers.

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