When President Reagan became president he believed that America had lost its place as the military power of the world. His belief of peace through strength led to increasing the budget for military spending. Our military at the time was outdated and the equipment was archaic. Reagan’s goal was to modernize our military so that if we got tangled up in a war or other military conflict we would have the means to succeed. Reagan believed that the number one threat to freedom was communism. According to Reagan at his State of the union Address, “Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few; it is the universal right of all God’s children.” America’s “mission” was to “nourish and defend freedom and democracy.”7The Reagan Doctrine was a strategy produced and implemented by theUnited Statesunder theReagan administrationto overpower the global control of theSoviet Unionin an effort to endtheCold War. Under the Reagan Doctrine, the United States supplied assistance to anti communist guerillas andopposition actions inan effort to lessen the influence of Soviet supported regimes inAfrica,Asia, andLatin America. The doctrine was intended to weaken Soviet influence in these regions as part of the administration's overall plan to bring an end to theCold War. Part of the aid that was given to these guerillas was known as “Freedom Fighters.” Regan’s strong stand on communism and negative rhetoric led to a worsening of the relationship with the Soviets. Reagan challenged if the Soviet government was actually not legitimate and in another instance he called The Soviet Union “an Evil Empire.” In 1985 the relationship between the United States and the Soviets improved. Reagan did soften his tone 7Author Unknown, “The Reagan Doctrine is Announced” history.com, December 9, 2017,
against the Soviet Union and formed a working relationship with Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev. “A series of talks between 1985 and 1988 yielded more arms control than the entire postwar period to that date.” 8The improved relationship led to an agreement in 1988 to remove all short range nuclear weapons in Europe. In 1987 the Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall and said “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.” Reagan did however have a controversy during his presidency the Iran Contra Scandal. When President Reagan was reelected in 1984 he was at the height of his popularity. Reagan defeated Walter Mondale with an astonishing 525 electoral votes and 59 % of the popular. With the support of the nation behind him, Reagan’s second term looked to be brighter than his first. In only two years he be endure the biggest scandal of this political career. Lebanon was holding seven U.S. hostages. It was Reagan’s policy not to negotiate with tourists and those who supported terrorist. In 1985, he authorized the covert selling of arms to Iran in exchange for Iran’s cooperation to aid in the release of the seven hostages. In November of 1986 Edwin
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