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California Governor Reagan was always pushing President
Richard Nixon to be tougher on Communism and when the UN expelled
Taiwan for Communist China Reagan was so angry that he implored Nixon
to ' "get the hell out of that Kangaroo court." ' Nixon thought of himself as middleman for President elects Reagan's
activities with the Soviets and Nixon pushed for a Secretary of State who
would not cut him off from foreign policy decisions. Nixon was pleased with
Alexander Haig who he describes as ' " the meanest, toughest, most ambitious
son of a bitch I ever knew." ' Enlarge for better view.
33) WE WIN, THEY LOSE The summer of 1979 had unemployment and inflation soaring giving candidate Ronald Reagan a thirty point lead in the polls. As the election approached the lead dissipated as President Jimmy Carter claimed Reagan would ' "push the nuclear button." ' A poor debate by the President and his inability to free fifty-two hostages held by Iran caused undecided voters to stampede to Reagan. See 1980 election.
Asked about detente at his first press conference, Regan stated "Well, so far detent has been a one way street that the Soviet Union has used to pursue its own aims..." He would negotiate but they sought a ' "one- world Communist state," ' with ' "the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat." ' " No presidency since at least Kennedy had talked so tough about the Kremlin in public."
President Reagan survived an early assassination attempt. While he didn't attend church he took the Bible literally. He believed in the Messiah's second coming and the imminence of Armageddon. From our summary Don't Know Much About History Read horizontally. l See From Evil Empire to The Axis of Evil
|Reagan dismissed Soviet talks about negotiation and Russia knew he would go to the limit. Reagan use the hot line created by Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev to warn Russia of the dire consequences that could result if they got too aggressive during Polish martial law caused by Solidarity union activities. Their maverick leader Lech Walesa had been arrested. during a 1980 Gdansk Shipyard strike. Editors Note: Upon taking office RR cut taxes, let Volker at the FED continue to fight inflation, began building up the military, and ignored the Federal Deficit. See Understanding Twin Deficits. Higher economic growth returned and the annual deficit returned to more normal levels. See Reagonomics Growth Rates. Trump plans the same replacing defense spending with infrastructure spending. He will also try to help US business and workers by forcing China to revalue her Renminbi just as Nixon successfully did in the early 1970's with currencies of Germany and Japan. Nixon plus US military power succeeded as the devalued dollar did not affect US interest rates. Why? Fear of Russia caused Europe and Japan to buy US treasuries. US consumers and businesses would continue to benefit by 1945 created Dollar Privilege. Strong growth also helped RR keep interest rates down. Today fear of China, Russia and immigrant turmoil may help Trump who may threaten Tariffs to force Chinese agreement See Currency War 2009- 11|
34) IT LEFT ME
By midterm elections Reagan faced a severe recession and a public that would rather have a nuclear arms freeze than a arms build up that might be followed by a negotiated verifiable arms reduction. In a surprise to most people around him Reagan announced the idea of a $17 billion missile defense system to protect U.S. cities from Russian attack. Called Star Wars, critics [who proved correct] called it a harebrained no work system. America had picked up covert activities against the Soviets on every continent plus they planned a big military exercise in the Pacific Northwest. Pershing missiles soon to be deployed in Europe had made the Soviets vulnerable to a sneak attack from the U.S.
The Soviets shot down a Korean airliner near Japan causing Regan to announce it was them against the world. Tensions were high on both sides. The President depressed after an advanced showing of the TV movie The Day After which depicted Lawrence, Kansas the day after a nuclear war with the Soviets.
set the stage, Reagan very quietly had Secretary of State George Shultz set
up a White House meeting with the Soviet ambassador to make sure he
knew that Regan's hard line didn't mean he would not negotiate. As a token
of good faith Reagan asked for and received the freedom of some religious
people who had taken refuge in the U.S. Moscow embassy. This did not stop
Reagan from referring to the Soviet Union as the ' "evil empire. " 'Wife and
confidant Nancy agreed the President should quite public fears with an
address to the nation. President Reagan told the world that it was now a
much safer place now that the Kremlin could not
' "underestimate our strength or question our resolve." Reagan really felt good because of his reelection and because the Joint Chiefs of Staff assured him America had never better able to protect herself. President Reagan delivering the March 23, 1983 speech initiating SDI.
35) DON'T WORRY THAT I'VE LOST MY BEARINGSThe 1986 Soviets Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster was the only category 7 disaster until the 2011 Fukushima, Japan disaster. President Reagan believed that the book of Revelations predicted that " '...a star from heaven fell on the water" and 'men died of the water..'. " and he told aids that the Bible had predicted the disaster. This view of the damaged core and roof of the turbine hall at the photo center at Fukushima.
Pictured is the November 19, 1985 Iceland meeting between President Reagan and new Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan told him straight out that Americans detested Soviet world empire ambitions and they could either reduce their nuclear arms or get ready for a new arms race. Shocked and offended by Reagan's threat, Gorbachev told his staff, "I have met a caveman! A dinosaur" ' As the meeting wore on, the arguments became more friendly. Reagan suggest they cut nuclear arms 50% and then talked about the U.S. deploring Star Wars. Eventually Gorbachev agree to Reagan's proposed cut in nuclear arms and the site verification allowed elimination of U.S. based European intermediate-range missiles. Star Wars would be the clincher. Reagan new the Soviets couldn't afford it so rather than let them off the hook and drop the program to get a treaty, he let the talks brake down. Star Wars cost 200 billion dollars and never produced an actual missile test.
During a 1987 speech near the West Berlin Brandenburg Gate Reagan dramatically yelled " Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." With Democratic control of the Senate funding of Star Wars was unlikely, Still Gorbachev agreed to a ban intermediate rang missiles. Reagan was asked during his 1986 Moscow visit if he still thought of Russia as an evil empire. He said ' " No I was talking about another time, another era." ' See Presidential Elections of 1976-2012 for President Reagan history. Images for Berlin wall