Originally Posted by patteeu
KC Native did. He attributed the Soviet collapse entirely to Soviet policies. That's clearly not true. Your more balanced assessment is far less objectionable, although you short-change Reagan and his contemporaries IMO. The Soviets' collapse in 1989 was not inevitable. Eight years of Reagan-led Western policies were the proximate cause.
No, that's you putting what you want into what I said. I simply said that their collapse was inevitable due to their own economic structure and policies. You assumed that I believe that our actions had no effect on them which is incorrect. The USSR was going to fail regardless of our actions. The US helped speed the process along however giving credit to Raygun for bringing down the USSR is nonsense.