Gorbachev Ended the Cold War, Not ReaganSeptember 20, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Posted in American politics | 18 Comments
Though it is a fantasy of the conservative world, Reagan did not end the Cold War. Gorbachev did. Credit must be given to Reagan for going along with Gorbachev in talking with the Russian leader. In fact, Reagan ought to be thanking Gorbachev for beginning the process of ending the Cold War, as Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was utterly ridiculous, and the Russians knew it. They looked at what the Americans were thinking of doing and were perplexed by the logic and reasoning. Hitting a bullet with a bullet. The answer is, of course, ridiculously simple. Smash the shield with thousands of bullets. Eventually enough bullets break through that they hit their target. Imagine the hypothetical day when the Soviets and Americans would finally be at war and America tried to deploy the SDI against the tens of thousands of Soviet missiles heading right for them. The sad thing is that even today there are “serious” Americans who still believe in SDI.
Gorbachev proved that there is a better way. Talk. Communicate.