Saturday, May 02, 2009
Mr. Gorbachev's changes caused former U.S. President Ronald Reagan to change his thinking, particularly regarding the "Reagan Doctrine," which called for challenging Soviet revolutionary aims around the world. At first, Mr. Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire" bent on conquest. After meeting with the Soviet leader at three summit talks, Mr. Reagan's administration generally became convinced that Mr. Gorbachev no longer believed in achieving communist world domination through force. Now, U.S. President George Bush has offered to alter long-standing American Cold War policies toward the U.S.S.R. Mr. Bush, too, has been influenced by "Gorbymania." He said, "Our doctrine need no longer be [the] containing of a military aggressive Soviet Union." That's a change foreign policy!