Ronald Reagan and the fall of communism

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

How did Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy contribute to the fall of communism in Russia??

It didn’t. Communism was slowly decaying from within (French historian Emmanuel Todd very convincingly showed it in his remarkable 1976 book, “The final fall: An essay on the decomposition of the Soviet sphere“), but the U.S. government was too busy writing checks to defense contractors to notice…

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