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      07-08-2010, 09:36 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Rochdale Pioneers View Post
Speaking as a British socialist there is much about Reagan's social and economics policies to hate - if only for the influence he had on Thatcher to replicate them here.

But Reagan is, was, and always will be the man who won the cold war, and that alone is enough ti make me like him.

Essentially the Strategic Defence Initiative bankrupted the Soviet Union - they couldn't afford to outspend the US in the race to develop space weapons. The fact that the technology didn't exist makes it even better. Gorbachev realised he couldn't protect himself militarily from such a system and instead worked to disarm the belligerence that had driven the old men that preceeded him. And Reagan was as happy planning for disarming as he was for rearming, showing remarkable flexibility.

Regardless of the damage his economic policies did, he left America and the world safer than he had found it. And the money saved from not having to worry about nuclear holocaust far outweighs the damage anyway. I grew up fascinated by nuclear war as I was genuinely afraid of the bomb. My kids don't have to be afraid, thanks in part to Ronald Reagan.
Wow, you've actually said something I agree with.

There were quite a few negatives about Reagan and his policies, but the sole fact that he forced an end to the cold war is enough in itself. I don't think those who are too young to remember what it was like living during those times would really understand how much of an impact that had on the outlook and daily life of individuals worldwide.

I wouldn't put the man on a pedestal, but to ignore that accomplishment is... well... ignorant.