Germany’s unforgivable crime before WW2 was its attempt to loosen its economy out of the world trade system and to build up an independent exchange system from which the world-finance couldn’t profit anymore. ...We butchered the wrong pig -Churchill 1960 is the whole quote.
I like contextual/historical time lines. The USA & England weren't buddies with the Soviet Union prior to WW2 & neither were they, after, hence the Cold War. The defeat of Germany allowed Communism/Socialism to branch into the USA's future war with Vietnam.
Defeat of the Red Army would have denied the growth of Communism when Patton suggested it thus preventing the subsequent Cold War.
"Patton actually believed that we had fought this war to keep Europe free, and now we were consigning a portion of Europe to slavery. He truly believed that the Soviet's wanted world domination, and the Cold War seems to suggest that he wasn't entirely incorrect. He also felt that war was inevitable and if we have to do it, do it now while everything we needed was already in place in Europe. He was quite simply, a pragmatic man." But Patton was assassinated.
I believe that Germany should not be destroyed, but rather should be rebuilt as a buffer against the real danger, which is Russia and it’s Bolshevism." Patton
"Russia knows what it wants. World domination. And she is laying her plans accordingly. We, on the other hand, and England, and France to a lesser extent, don’t know what we want and get less than nothing as the result." Patton
"Let’s keep our boots polished, bayonets sharpened, and present a picture of force and strength to the Russians. This is the only language that they understand and respect. If you fail to do this, then I would like to say that we have had a victory over the Germans, and have disarmed them, but we have lost the war." Patton
"I have never seen in any army at any time, including the German Imperial Army of 1912, as severe discipline as exists in the Russian Army. The officers, with few exceptions, give the appearance of recently civilized mongolian bandits. The men passed in review with a very good imitation of the goose step. They give me the impression of something that is to be feared in future world political reorganization." Patton From The Unknown Patton, by Charles Province
Knowing all this from Patton, the US General, the USA is complicit in the development of the Cold War.
England with US behind forced Germany into war refusing to solve the conflict with Poland peacefully. Soviet attacked Poland just like Germany and nobody declared war on Soviet. It's documented fact that Soviet were lined up all along the eastern front with attack weapon and therefore Germany attacked Soviet instead of waiting for them to come. Soviet at very critical times received enormous economic and military material from US and Roosevelt.
1. Soviet expansionist policies: The Soviet Union was intentionally gobbling up land at the end of WW2 in order to cease resources and gain a strategic advantage. They were active partners with Germany in this process before the war.
2. The Soviet Union assumed bad intentions on the part of the Western Allies. Their paranoia caused them to build up a military and weapons to be used against the West. This, in spite of the fact that we supplied the Russians during the War and gave them food during the Famine in the Ukraine. The Soviet Unions paranoia was caused by the state police apparatus which was strengthened and directed by Joseph Stalin. It maintained its mind set even after Stalin's death.
The US and the Soviet Union distrusted each other heavily due to many reasons. The two nations' economic systems were the polar opposites of each other so they naturally feared the other nation trying to impose their system on the world, threatening their ways of life. Both states antagonized each other. Stalin provoked the Americans when he failed to bring free elections to Eastern Europe; instead, forced them to be Soviet satellites. The Berlin Blockade in 1947-48 further provoked the US. The US monopoly on the atom bomb threatened Soviet security. The failure of both states to cooperate at the end of the war is the cause of the Cold War.