Why did the US want to help European countries?
Besides, why did the US give aid to European countries following ww2?
The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, was a U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. In addition to economic redevelopment, one of the stated goals of the Marshall Plan was to halt the spread communism on the European continent.
Beside above, why did the US contain communism? According to Communist principles, the state should control the economy and the lives of citizens. The Soviet Union wanted to spread Communism to other countries, and the United States wanted to contain it within the countries where it already existed.
Similarly, what did US Secretary of State John Marshall suggest that the US do for Europe and why did he suggest this plan for European recovery?
Answer: The North Atlantic Treaty joined the U.S., Canada, and ten European countries in a mutual Defense pact. They would all be protected from Communist aggression.
How did the Marshall Plan benefit the US?
The Marshall Plan, it should be noted, benefited the American economy as well. The money would be used to buy goods from the United States, and they had to be shipped across the Atlantic on American merchant vessels. (The aid was all economic; it did not include military aid until after the Korean War.)