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The United States was in the forefront in the 1949 creation of NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
How did this leadership role signify a shift in U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War?
The U.S. tradition of diplomatic isolationism was no longer a possibility.
The U.S. was now, clearly, the sole superpower in the post-WWII world.
The U.S. was willing to break tradition by raising taxes to fund a large military budget.
Congress was willing to relinquish its constitutional war powers to this multinational alliance.
The U.S. was willing to share military technology with friendly nations.