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  •  Yes, behold the terrifying majesty of Raygun! (5+ / 0-)

    A few years ago I took a class on the collapse of the USSR and another on modern US-Russia relations. Both taught by a guy named Herspring, who had spent decades in the Navy and working for the State Dept. After the fall of the USSR he served as a diplomatic liaison to the military. The man is on a first name basis with dozens of Russian generals, admirals and politicians.

    He had a lot of pretty entertaining stories, but one he told a few times involved the Soviet military's "fear" of Reagan. Only thing they were afraid of was his senile ass waking up one day and deciding, "Yup, today's a good day for a nuclear apocalypse." Just nuking half the world because he wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders anymore.

    •  always had a sneaking suspicion (3+ / 0-)
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      that Reagan's bluster actually propped up the collapsing regime a few more years (or months, maybe) - the generals could point to him & say "Watch out, he's a mad man!" & work a few more rubles out of the politburo  

      "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

      by greenotron on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 08:02:05 PM PDT

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    •  Well, if I'd heard him give this speech... (1+ / 0-)
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      I would have been terrified of his "senile ass", too! Terrifying majesty, indeed.

      He said virtually the same thing in a press conference about a year later, after speaking privately with Gorbachev.

      Can you imagine how Gorbachev reacted to Reagan's longing for an alien invasion? It would be terrifying to realize that your foreign counterpart was off his rocker.

      Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by AuroraDawn on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 12:21:28 AM PDT

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