Actually, despite the point that the poster was making (which was a good one), I give Reagan a lot of credit for ending the cold war. He made an actual decision to outspend them which did more to cause the collapse of their economy and their system than anything else.<quoted text>
Great post, no beef with anything you said but there is one thing to point out, GHWB was in office when Belin Wall came down, Ronnies campaign to "tear down this wall" was late in his term, russia officially collapsed unde GHWB as well. I do not give them as much credit as I do the fact the communist stuff went on for almost half a century and was overdue for that stuff to end, America was bored with it and now we let the history books deal with it.
The problem is, we should have stopped spending money on weapons and weapon systems after the collapse because now we are bankrupting ourselves with all of these mindless wars without end.