How Gorbachev & Reagan Ended the Cold War
Gipper's legacy in defeating Communism.
- Duration 5:01
- Date Dec 14, 2011
Gipper's legacy in defeating Communism.
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But first we're gonna start with a look at Ronald Reagan mile boss a man who won the Cold War with out firing a shot and Lucy is there any lessons for us today.
Joining me from Eureka College Ronald Reagan's alma mater the place that he says formed the man are two gentlemen we have John Morrison -- With the Ronald Reagan society eureka college and the president at -- Eureka College.
Doctor Dave Arnold so guys -- we -- today another presidential cycle.
Every call you see every article you read say where are the leaders in America.
Reagan was considered to be the greatest leader of his generation.
What made him different how did he do it either -- it.
The foundation was laid in the midwest Kati and all those great characteristics he had as a world leader first developed in the mid -- environment where people look at each other.
They talk about their differences.
And the goal was to convince someone that you're position was the right position.
But have them essentially.
Admit that having -- be said that the values we all want to have our data from -- restaurant.
-- so program I thought -- -- restaurants are completely agree well it's it's just.
Let's just storing Andrew K you talked about.
Early stories sentry midwest a lot of diversity primarily white but lot of religious diversity.
We had institutions on main street where people got together and they work through their differences.
And they try to find their highest common denominator.
And they focused on.
What they have in common vs what they had in terms of difference.
Since -- Reagan was able to take those qualities.
And negotiate for example with Gorbachev I was at the -- and when President Reagan met with Gorbachev and there were some very tense moments this -- -- -- -- Soviet Union Reagan had spent a whole.
Lifetime arguing against communism.
And the Soviet Union and yet the two of them sat down together.
And brought down.
The end of the Soviet empire without firing a shot here in the history of the world has -- empire eclipsed.
And not gone down without a fight.
-- Ronald Reagan was deeply committed to the sense of American.
He he understood.
His life as an example of American opportunity in many ways as we -- colleges today small liberal arts college and midwest we sort of stand tall as a beacon for the story of American opportunity because Ronald Reagan knew -- when he sent down Gorbachev.
On the third summit in Reykjavik when he refused to take -- -- -- way.
Often we -- walk away now and he walked away a lot of people scratching their head why because he he was a strategic thinker a lot of good researchers come -- now particularly -- anomalies Anderson's work on.
The writings and and recent research on.
On Reagan's national security strategy he knew what he was doing.
He -- he's doing knew that that America would prevail because we have the strength of the economy.
But this sense of confidence with something rooted in his faith in his foundation.
We say midwest but midwestern values or something you can have anywhere you know anywhere in the country as you point out.
And when you go back to the small towns and Illinois where Ronald Reagan grew up and to his alma mater.
And Eureka -- -- you get you get the feeling five days ago I was in Tampa fell Illinois.
Population 700 -- Ronald Reagan was born.
And they have they made his birthplace and there's -- -- diner on the court just like Dave was talking earlier.
They get around -- the Dutch diner they talk to each other about the issues of the day they confidently express.
Not changing what they're their -- but -- expressed how to work that through and we usually think about how how Reagan did it -- Gorbachev he didn't sacrifice his beliefs about in America was.
But he was willing to get in that room when Gorbachev to work through a salute you.
Some time -- I know they've Eureka College has become a place where a lot of world leaders go you can and they talk about Reagan they talk about the legacy you had.
President Gorbachev former president was Soviet Union great to come and talk to you about his experiences -- great and the man.
He came to campus he toward the Reagan museum.
On campus -- eureka college and it's it's very profound.
That when he came to the photo -- one of the summits.
Carefully picture ever write our we're we're an -- on our screen -- sharp giving an address -- eureka afraid in the race engine magnesium.
But he teared up just.
Immediately and while he was on campus he wanted to talk to mrs.
Reagan really and -- it was like sharing it with a family member so that -- When I sat down they were arch rivals are trying to -- out meant thousands and missile nuclear missiles pointed at each other.
And then he walked away with this kind of sense of -- right.
Right and and that's what made the difference so.
Both men change the world although -- and different ways.