If true, thank God he did.
For the man who was unfit to be commander-in-chief saved the world from the Soviet Union, nuclear proliferation, and cyber attacks.
The smart-ass diplomacy of Hillary and Obama hit the reset button with Russia, mocked the Cold War mentality, let North Korea and Iran go nuclear, and might as well have givenm Putin their passwords.
From the Guardian:
Ronald Reagan loved movies. One night in June 1983, he sat down at Camp David to watch WarGames. The film stars Matthew Broderick as a tech-wiz teenager who unwittingly hacks into the main computer at Norad, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Thinking he has merely stumbled upon a new computer game, the hacker comes dangerously close to starting a third world war.
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Five days later, the president was in a meeting with the secretaries of state, defense and treasury, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and 16 senior members of Congress. They were there to discuss a new nuclear missile and the prospect of arms talks with the Russians. When Reagan began to give a detailed account of the plot of WarGames, eyes rolled.
Then the president turned to John Vessey, the chairman of the joint chiefs, and asked: “Could something like this really happen?”
One week later, General Vessey returned with a startling answer: “Mr President, the problem is much worse than you think.”
Thus begins Dark Territory, Fred Kaplan’s important new book about the history of cyberwar. “When Reagan asked Vessey if someone could really hack into the military’s computers,“ Kaplan writes, “it was far from the first time the question had been asked.”
It turned out that there was a good reason WarGames was so accurate: for their research the screenwriters had interviewed Willis Ware, who wrote a 1967 paper called Security and Privacy on Computer Systems and for years headed the computer science department at the RAND Corporation, an Air Force-funded think tank.
Reagan’s casual inquiry set off the first of many efforts by the intelligence establishment to figure out a way to bolster America’s defensive and offensive cyber capabilities. Each is described in extreme detail in Kaplan’s new book.Of course, the question was not casual. Far from it. He knew what he was doing. He never underestimated the enemy, because he saw them as evil, not merely adversaries.
It is too bad that Bush 41 sold Reagan's policies out.
Too bad voters sold the country out in 2008.
Never Trump? There was a Never Reagan crowd as well.
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