Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs
You think Gorbachev was negotiating the end of the Soviet Union because Australia has a copper mine? Get real.
What so Reagan was solely responsible for the fall of a gigantic super power because he said a few words over a table or spent some money on nuclear weapons? There are a whole slew of factors that fed into the fall of the Soviet Union, most of those actually located in the Soviet Union itself rather than the ditherings of some early-onset-alzheimers dodderer located on the other side of the globe. To my mind the downfall of the Soviet Union was inevitable from its inception - it was going to happen at some stage or other. You only have to know a cursory outline of Soviet/Russian history to realise this. You can kid yourself Reagan rode in like some actor in a Wild West movie to "save the day", as his hagiography claims, when the fact of the matter is he was lucky enough to be around when the inevitable occured.
If you are saying he spent trillions of $ to get rid of Communism, and that that money was well spent, then why is the next world's super-power going to be the biggest Communist nation (and indeed nation full-stop) the world has ever seen?
If the only thing Reagan can hang his hat on is the "fall of communism" he gets a massive fail on that front. And its a fail that cost trillions of $ and has now sent your country into a deflationary spiral it will be extremely difficult to get out of for years.