Thursday, April 26, 2012

Reagan's strategy on the Cold War

My favorite Reagan anecdote:

Early in the transition after Reagan was first elected President in 1980, Reagan met with his advisors to discuss foreign policy. There was a great deal of discussion about how to deal with the communists. Should we appease the Soviets? Negotiate? Confront?

Reagan said little, until the end of the meeting. Then he said:

'Here's my strategy on the Cold War. We win. They lose.'

I miss the man.  


  1. That's not a strategy. That's a goal. Strategy is how you achieve your goal.

    Perhaps your confusion on this is why you come off as such a moron in your posts?

  2. The strategy was the goal and the Wall of Shame came crashing down!

    I also miss the man even if I am not an American.<

    Anon, you suck!

    1. Pepe,

      The Soviet Union collapsed because it went bankrupt. Their foreign currency income was highly dependent on their sales of oil. When the price of oil was high, they were doing fine, being able to purchase goods they were too incompetent to produce themselves. When the oil price was low, they suffered, not being able to purchase necessities, let alone pay for their bloated military.

      Even if Regan's SDI was one of the factors precitating the collapse (the Soviets were paranoid that it MIGHT work, and the obvious countermeasure of building an extra 5,000 or 10,000 missiles would be expensive), SDI would not have worked, not then, not even now, against a massive missile attack.

      Fortunately, the Soviets were sane atheists, who realized that they weren't doing God's will in precipitating the Apocalypse, the only certain result being their permanent demise.

    2. bachfiend, you forgot the role of John Paul II in toppling the Berlin wall.

      John Paul II was the Pope of all Catholics and your omission does not surprise me. Your views are so one-sided and primitive...

      Tu es vraiment un démon de bach!

    3. Pepe,

      Irrelevant as usual. The thread was about the collapse of the Soviet Union, not the reunification of Germany.

  3. But consider this as well, Dr. Egnor. Under Reagan, the budget was never balanced. The national debt doubled, and the size of the government grew.