First used by President Ronald Reagan before the National Association of Evangelicals, conservatives applied the term “evil empire” to the Soviet Union. This change in terminology encapsulated the conservative movement’s rejection of Nixon’s morally ambiguous policy of detente. The speech sparked controversy within the NATO alliance, as many European leaders found the speech unnecessarily provocative. Domestically, the left argued that the United States had no room to criticize Soviet actions during the Cold War, and pointed to CIA involvement in places like Chile. The speech gave further indication that the last phase of the Cold War would be a confrontational one.
Time: Late War
Removed after event: Yes
Not much of a concern, since even in the Late War 3 Ops is probably better than 1 VP. It’s best if played at the end of the turn, but if you can’t manage that it’s not a huge deal. This event is only irritating in the sense that all of the US +1 VP cards tend to show up right as you’re trying to win by Wargames.