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  • President Ronald Reagan
  • Hello, I'm Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States.
  • Hello, I'm Nancy Reagan, Ronald's wife.
  • New Ideals towards Communism
  • These guys, am I right?
  • Containment?
  • We can defeat Communism!
  • Wanted to decrease Soviet access to high technology and diminish their resources, increase American defense expenditures to strengthen the U.S. negotiating position, force the Soviets to devote more of their economic resources to defense.
  • New Tactics: The Reagan Doctrine
  • Unlike the previous presidents, Reagan was clearly opposed the the idea of détente and thought peace would come through strength. He believed this would unfold by building America's economic and military power, and putting the Soviet's on the defense.
  • Democracy Around The World!
  • Democracy is the way to go!
  • Reagan was not interested in merely containing Soviet Communism, but was interested in reversing its gains and subdue it. He suspected the Soviet Union was not as strong as it appeared to be. And he predicted it's collapse if challenged competitively by America.
  • Leaving With Good Standings
  • The president thought the Soviet Union's economy could not compete successfully against America's free-market system. So, he started a rapid increase in the quantity and quality of America's military technology and dared the Soviets to match it.
  • There's no way that the Soviet Union can keep up with us.
  • President Reagan predicted that given a choice, people everywhere, even within the Soviet Union, would reject totalitarian government. His Cold War policies were designed to spread freedom and democracy around the world and block the advancement of Soviet communism.
  • He knows what we want!
  • Bravo!
  • What a Man!
  • The Soviet Union's attempt to keep up with America's military advances was a major factor in the decline of it's economy and helped weaken it's global strength. The Strategic Defense Initiative intimidated their leaders and made them negotiate to reduce nuclear weapons.
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