What Was the Significance of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech?

The significance of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech is that it announced the beginning of the Cold War. However, Churchill also used it as a platform to deliver his hope that the United States and Great Britain could work more closely together to police a post-war world.

President Truman and many U.S. officials believed the speech presented the U.S. and Great Britain as a united front against an aggressive Russia, and the term “iron curtain” immediately gained popularity, later becoming canonized as part of the Cold War vocabulary. However, there were some U.S. officials who did not take the speech well, believing that Churchill was merely trying to use the U.S. as a means to gain more power for Great Britain.