Saturday, March 11, 2017

"We Win, They Lose"

 
I love maps.  Even though you may not, you are about to see a map that will make your jaw drop to your breastbone.  But first a story.  It was January 21, 1981, in the Cabinet Room of the White House with its windows looking out upon the Rose Garden.  Having been inaugurated President the day before and 12 of his 14 Cabinet-designates already approved by the Senate, Ronald Reagan convened his first Cabinet meeting.  When the topic of the Soviet Union came up, Secretary of State Alexander Haig mentioned that US policy towards the Soviets since the onset of the Cold War in 1947 had been one of “Containment” (formulated by George Kennan).  Reagan responded, “Not any longer.”

There was a quite pregnant pause of silence.  Then National Security Advisor Richard Allen asked, “Mr. President, what do you think our Soviet policy should be?”  Reagan looked at him directly in the eye.  “Well, Dick,” the President of the United States replied, “how about, ‘We win, they lose’?”.....To Read More.....
 

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