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Pinkerton: Thirty Years After the Fall of the Wall, Let's Recall Ronald Reagan, the Man Who Called It

Added 11-10-19 11:47:02pm EST - “After something big happens, the temptation is to say, in retrospect, "Oh yeah, it was obvious.? We all knew that would happen." As they say, everyone has 20/20 hindsight.” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “Pinkerton: Thirty Years After the Fall of the Wall, Let's Recall Ronald Reagan, the Man Who Called It | Breitbart”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

And that was the case after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 years ago, as well as the overall end of the Cold War, and the actual end of the Soviet Union.  

After all that happened, lots of people, including experts, said, Of course the Soviet Union was going to collapse.  They were so far behind to begin with, and so overstretched, and then came Pope John Paul II offering his own kind of conservative liberation theology; and the Xerox machine, offering new potentials in communication; and Afghanistan, which showed the Red Army’s weakness; and Chernobyl, which revealed the system’s basic incompetence.  So yes, of course, the Russians were a mess and were due to go down.  We all knew it. 

Then many of them will add a partisan touch, designed to steal credit from the man to whom it is due: So it really didn’t matter who was the president of the United States—the Soviet collapse would have happened no matter who was in the Oval Office.

This is a rewriting of history.  In fact, the fall of the Wall took almost everyone by surprise.  I know, because I was there, living in Washington, DC; I was working at the White House, in fact, deeply involved in politics and policy.  To be sure I was working in domestic policy, not foreign policy, although I always did my best to be a good anti-communist. 

More to the point, I knew many people who were involved in international affairs and national security, and none of them foresaw the Wall falling.  Most were staunch anti-communists, who would have been thrilled to think that communism would end up on the ash heap of history, and yet they just didn’t see it happening—at least no time soon.  Mostly, they envisioned themselves diligently serving out their careers in the “long twilight struggle,” to use John F. Kennedy’s famous description of the Cold War.


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