Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote:So, Uncle Ronnie was a devious machiavellian schemer; able to delude everyone. Sure.
Hardly. He was quite open about it. As I said, everyone who was paying attention knew what he was up to....
I was in the Navy during most of Ronaldus' term in office, and through the beginning of the Pax Reagana. It was discussed openly in military circles. Why not? The Soviets couldn't stop it. They had to maintain the illusion of power to retain control of the people (similar to the dilemma that Saddam found himself in...), and the threat of the "American Menace" gave them justification for flexing their muscles.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, many leftist writers and commentators were quick to tell us that it was 'inevitable', and to suggest that President Reagan's military buildup delayed that inevitability by creating a diversion that the kept the peebles from focusing on their own economic circumstance. Interestingly, no one on the left seemed to notice this 'inevitable collapse' until after it had occured to pass. But Ronaldus Maximus had predicted it, and had worked towards seeing it come to pass.