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Re: REALLY OT: News Flash



Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@cox.net> wrote:
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On 02/24/07 02:33, Paul Johnson wrote:
> Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 04:32:04PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
[snip]
>
>> - he decided to outspend the Soviets to bankrupt them
>
> Never mind that the Soviet Union would have collapsed with or without
> Reagan. The average Soviet citizen wasn't exactly living the dream, after
> all, and happy people don't grow suspicious. Glasnost was inevitable and
> had far more to do with the Russia's withdrawl from the Soviet Union
> causing it's ultimate collapse.

Every country collapses eventually.

In 19*81*, was there *any* /consensus/ that the Evil Empire would fall in only 9 years?
 
A big reason that neither side predicted the collapse of the soviet union was that the soviets didn't know how to accurately measure their economy and our intellignece services were looking at the same bad data as the Pollitt Bureau.

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