Monday, June 07, 2004

Mutually Assured Destruction

Once upon a time, an entire generation of people was convinced that ‘The Day After’ was how it was going to end. Any day now. Nuclear Annihilation. After all we were still reeling from our self imposed defeat in Viet Nam, the Iran hostage crisis proved our impotence, and the Soviets were still promising our ruin.

Then came the cowboy who promised victory. Spoke simply. Ignored conventional wisdom about detent and engagement. He was bellicose and brash and said what he thought and meant what he said.

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" he said. And not to long after, it happened.

Thank you, Ronald Wilson Regan, for helping make the world a place where ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ and ‘the Wall’ nothing more than the ramblings of a weird father in the eyes of his children. I can think of no better legacy for a ‘stupid actor pretending to be President’.


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