Ronald Reagan's Impact On The Cold War

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Reagan Rough Draft From actor to political icon, Ronald Reagan did it all. Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, lead the USA through tough times with prosperous outcomes. Growing up in Tampico Illinois, Reagan became an actor in his 20’s. In the coming years, Reagan was elected to governor in California and later president of the United States. Ronald Reagan was an influential leader due to his actions in the Cold War, his stance on international peace, and his impact on the US economy. Between 1981 and 1989, Ronald Reagan was a major force in creating a peaceful end to the Cold War. The military spending policies of the Reagan-Bush years forced the Soviets to the brink of economic collapse (Jim Woods). This was beneficial to ending the Cold War because the Soviets could not afford to move resources, Nuclear Missiles, into firing positions. In particular, President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative intimidated the Soviet leaders and…show more content…
The military diminished during the Carter years, but Reagan reversed that by rebuilding the armed forces (Reagan Civics). In particular, President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative intimidated the Soviet leaders and influenced them to negotiate with him to reduce nuclear weapons (Jim Woods). Reagan's stiff rule allowed for positives actions to result from such advances. He increased defense spending by more than 40%, increased troop levels, and even got much-needed space parts into the pipeline (Jim Woods). By increasing spending, Americas well-being was therefore cemented for the time being. Reagan declared war against international terrorism, sending American bombers against Libya after evidence came out that Libya was involved in an attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub (United States Government). By showing the force, other nations thought twice about wreaking havoc on the

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