So @SleepingGiant was defeated by concession on turn 3. SleepingGiant generously gave me 3 influence to be the Americans. I used the extra influence to reinforce Italy and Iran, and set up with a 3/2/2 influence in W Germany/France/Italy with a Marshall Plan headline. Unfortunately SleepingGiant headlined Suez Crisis, damaging France, removing 1 from Israel, and following it up with a coup to remove all influence in Iran to knock me out of the region. After repairing the damage in France, I couped Syria successfully to get back in, then waited for him to reduce DEFCON before moving into Thailand.
Unfortunately for SleepingGiant, in Turn 2 he overcommitted into Europe, trying to eliminate my Domination (while under Red Scare/Purge). Thanks to Marshall Plan, I kept Domination with minimal ops, and held Thailand and picked up Japan to score both Europe and Asia. SleepingGiant scored ME, but I was still at +8 or so.
Mid-way through turn 3, not much had changed with the Soviet holding the ME, and the US with Europe and Asia. The remaining regions were empty, with Destalinization having been used for ops, and Decolonization being in my hand. Seeing no way out, SleepingGiant conceded...
Challenge going out to @geigerm.