Posted: Jan 06, 2022 12:01 AM
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Washington — At the end of the Cold War, former President Ronald Reagan and his successor, President George H.W. Bush, were two happy statesmen. They had achieved their prized goal, an end to hostilities with the USSR. For that matter, the Russian President, Mikhail Gorbachev, and his successor, President Boris Yeltsin, were pretty happy, too. Gorby was perhaps less happy than his American counterparts, but he came around to accepting that the conclusion of hostilities between America and the USSR was not a bad thing. Gorby, you will recall, had objected when Reagan famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The wall being the Berlin Wall, and it separated East and West Berlin. Still, Gorby came to accept the end of hostilities between the USSR and the West, and his successor was clearly delighted by it. He was no longer going to be faced with bankrupting bills in his military budget — just as Reagan had predicted.
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