Oh, really, Mr. President? Is that how it was?
The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful. – Barack Obama
Crediting the USSR with ending the Cold War, Mr. President, is that not a little like thanking Germany for ending the Holocaust?
The end of the cold war was very good for the people of Russia and Eastern Europe – because they were trapped under the tyranny of communism. And they were freed from its tyranny because President Reagan and PM Thatcher knew that that the hard work, ingenuity and efficient resources allocation fostered by capitalism would outperform communism. We grew our GDP to free them under the leadership of a remarkably visionary American leader. It was President Reagan who said: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
See President Obama’s full speech at the New Economic School in Russia, July 7, 2009.
Better yet, remember the way the Great Communicator reached out around the world with a grand vision of freedom – liberty for the whole world: