How did Reagan, Bush, and Gorbachev take steps to end the Cold War?

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  • 2 years ago
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    Bush Sr. had no play in the Cold War. Reagan was POTUS and Gorby was Prime Minister of the USSR when the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union broke up into its original nations to form the Russian Federation and about a dozen smaller nations.

    The collapse of the USSR was not the doing of one POTUS or one Soviet Minister. It was the result of decades of pressures put on the Soviet Union by the US and NATO. And that began almost immediately after WWII ended. The Cold War lasted roughly 30 years.

    What brought the USSR down was its failure to adequately control its economy through a central planning group called the Politburo. The Politburo planned about every aspect of the Soviet economy, covering big industries and small shops like barber shops. It was an abject failure, central planning of a nation that size proved totally impossible. In the end, just as it collapsed, the Soviet Union was bankrupt.

  • Mike
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    2 years ago

    Reagan said: MR. GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THAT (Berlin) WALL, and Gorbachev ALLOWED THAT. By the time Bush 1 became President, the COLD WAR was essentially over.

  • Kini
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    2 years ago

    Gorbachev was the only one you mentioned who had a big part in that.

  • 2 years ago

    Pope John Paul played a major part as well. It is unfortunate that many do not recognize that.

    Reagan yelled to tear it down two years before it happened.

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  • 2 years ago

    Reagan and Bush did nothing to end the Cold War. They were just lucking enough to be in office when the Soviet Union self destructed. In fact Reagan's rhetoric reinforced the message of the Warsaw Pact. Bush wasn't in the White House long enough to have a real impact. The only America who deserves any credit for damaging the Soviet Union is former Democratic Texas Representative Charlie Wilson, who pushed the CIA into making Afghanistan the Soviet's Vietnam.

    Gorbachev inadvertently crashed the Soviet economy with he attempts to convert to a hybrid capitalist system.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    How? Diplomatically.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Reagan created Star Wars and said “tear down this wall!”

    Bush was in office when the wall fell.

    Gorbachev began Glasnost.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Having relations, holding each other accountable.

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