This one oped is paywalled so need for BAK readers to worry about reading.
I was struck by the reference to NSC-68 which I had never seen mentioned before.
>The Truman administration also undertook a massive arms buildup—the cost of which it previously balked at—and approved a secret policy paper called NSC-68, which provided a blueprint for a much tougher approach to Moscow.<
BTW thanks to W for the observation above the surprise free WSJ article. It does allow me to assign a more accurate weight to that article.