About this Cold War thing. Remeber that it was ended in the CLINTON years, and NO ONE EVER SHOT ANY OF THE ENEMIES! My parents weren't even 10 years old then, so I wasn't any thing at all most likely, (trust me I wasn't.) But I think the worst thing that Quadaffi did was blow up that plane, which is a terrible thing, on its way to Ireland, and I remember that it did have quite a few Americans. But it was Regan that did actually saw it but didn't know where Libya was, I have a small problem with that. Bush had a chance to stop the worst attack on USA soil, but he didn't read any of the documents saying it. He found killing the bugs in the backyard of his ranch in Texas were more important. I that wasn't bad enough he went to the wrong place and still is there when it's a "success." I learned something different these days. When we for example said "V-E Day" was Victory in Europe, there was no more fighting in Europe. When Bush said Iraq was a "success" I believe a little more than a thousand others died there. So I'll take it vitory and success mean there is still many more lives that will end in that place, I guess we learn something new everyday.
But it was Regan that did actually saw it but didn't know where Libya was,
To the contrary. Reagan had warned since the 1970's that Kaddafi would become a problem following his coup in Libya that led him to create the oil crisis of the 1970's. Libya also began threatening US forces in the Medditerannean in 1980, including a air battle over the Gulf of Sidra, Regan had also criticized Carter's handling of Khaddafi duirng the 1980 elections.
About this Cold War thing. Remeber that it was ended in the CLINTON years, and NO ONE EVER SHOT ANY OF THE ENEMIES!
The Cold War ended physically in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union after the Harliners of the Communist Party attempted to depose the Secretary General Gorbachev. George Herbert Walker Bush was president.
No one ever shot at the enemies? If by direct Super Power confrontation it did not happen because of the fear of escaltion to nuclear war. But at least 40,000 in Korea, 58,000 US soldiers in Vietnam, 20,000 Soviet Soldiers in Afghanistan, 10,000 Cuban sldiers in Africa, and tens of millions of other died under Soviet backed repressive regimes, China under Mao's communist leadership. Almost as many people died during the Cold War as did in World War II.
About this Cold War thing. Remeber that it was ended in the CLINTON years
The Cold War entered its final phase in 1989-90 when the Soviet Union withdrew from Eastern Europe and abandoned its satelite governments, and withdrew from Afghanistan.
I have a small problem with that. Bush had a chance to stop the worst attack on USA soil, but he didn't read any of the documents saying it.
The legacy pf 9/11 lies with President Clinton. I am not biased against him, nor do I neccesarily favor republicans but on Clinton's watch the gathering storm the was Bin Laden made its presence felt:
1. The 1st WTC bombing 1993- Response, none, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the head of the operation, tried, imprisoned. No attempt to destroy Al Qaeda.
2. Somalia 1993 "Black Hawk Down" Bin LAden funded and equipped the Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aideed to enable him to fight against US forces. Response: Immediate withdrawl of US forces.
3. 1998 Bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania- ovr 200 people killed-Response: a half-hearted cruise missile attack on a suspected Bin Laden hideout in Afghanistan and a Pharmaceutical factory owned by Bin Laden in the Sudan. The Monica Lewinsky scandal was in the public eye.
4. U.S.S. Cole- 2000. Response: Nothing. Clinton felt that if he did something, it would have been construed as attempting to influence he elction in Gore's favor.
5. Millenum Bombing Attempt-Seattle Jan 2000 Ahmed Ressam arrested, no reaction.
In addition, 2 attempts by the CIA to stop Bin Laden were ordered aborted by President Clinton, one, in 1998, featured a CIA operational team called GE-SENIORS, they had pinpointed Bin LAden's location and were watching him. CLinton had ordered that he be taken alive, and that he must not be killed, thus operation wa abandoned.
The same year, GE-SENIORS found him again in a hunting lodge Afghanistan, and a cruise missile attack was about to be launched when it was discovered that an aircraft belonging to the Omani or Baharanian Royal Family was found close by. Rather than risking a diplomatic incident by possibly putting members of the royal family in danger, the strike was aborted. This was the last time GE-SENIORS would have Bin Laden in thier sights.
Clinton's policy was to treat Bin LAden as a criminal matter, not a national security issue. Of course, no one knew in hindsight what hhe would eventually accomplish, but it was obvious to critics of the administration back then that Bin Laden could have been handled more seriously.
The entire US law enforcement and national security apparatus failed us on 9/11. The problem is that government is so large and so compartmentalized that reams of information are received but is difficult to arrange into a discernable pattern due to bureaucratic issues. FBI/ CIA/ICE, etc. had information on the hijackers and Bin Laden's intentions, but no one had all the information to look at and analyze.
I learned something different these days. When we for example said "V-E Day" was Victory in Europe, there was no more fighting in Europe. When Bush said Iraq was a "success" I believe a little more than a thousand others died there.
To the contrary, after VE Day, the suffering did not end. The Soviets set a mark of unpreccedented atrocity in Europe as thier soldiers raped millions of women and killed millions of mostly German civillians in Eastern Europe. The Soviets and Eastern European countries launched a campaign of Ethnic cleansing against the Germans in the East, seizing thier lands and killing an estimated 200,000 more ethnic Germans.
Hardly. Eastern Europe simply traded one reprssive regime for another. After VE Day, the Soviets then imposed thier dominance on Eastern Europe, thereby starting the Cold War. World War II did not offically end until 1989, the year of the beginning Soviet withdrawl, and 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Empire.