gorbachev's policies - 1. Do you think that the U.S. would...

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1. Do you think that the U.S. would still be fighting the spread of communism today had it not been for Gorbachev's policies? Or are there other elements that assisted with the collapse of communism? It was inevitable that the Soviet Union, as structured, would collapse from within. Had it not been Mikhail Gorbachev, it would likely have been someone else. Remember first that Gorbachev did not rise to his position by being a liberal, anti- communist – he rose from within the system and from youth was a fervent supporter of Soviet Policy. Therefore it is unlikely that the United States would remain fighting the Cold War due to a number of complex events that occurred within the policy of the USSR as well as the United States and western world. For instance: Increased U.S. Military Spending – During the Reagan years, the United States continued to push military spending; including the infamous Star Wars program, which some believe was put into place to push the USSR into continued military spending knowing that would contribute to their economic
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2011 for the course AED 201 - 204 taught by Professor Ever during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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