March 14, 2010
The High Cost of Peace
From today’s New York Times:
…What we had to abandon was quite clear: the rigid ideological, political and economic system; the confrontation with much of the rest of the world; and the unbridled arms race. In rejecting all that, we had the full support of the people.
The words could have been spoken by President Obama in his State of the Union, but weren’t. The author instead is Mikhail Gorbachev, who sacrificed his political career by calling off the Cold War.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 14, 2010 05:40 PM
Thank you for that. I was beginning to think I was the only person who remembered that the Cold War was ended not by Saint Ronnie of Reagan, but by Gorbachev. My wife tells me her college professors (late 70s) who knew a thing or two about Russia more or less predicted that. They said the Cold War would end when the Soviets stopped fighting World War II - Gorbachev being the first Soviet leader who wasn't of fighting age during that time.
The supreme irony of claiming Reagan won the Cold War is that it was the last thing he wanted to do. He wasn't gunning for the USSR - he was gunning for the New Deal. The Soviets weren't supposed to go broke - we were.
Friggin' Evil Empires - you can't trust 'em for anything!