Category Archives: US Events

Star Wars

Star Wars 1983 – ? More properly known as the Strategic Defense Initiative, President Reagan announced this radical departure from the Cold War doctrine of “mutually assured destruction” in a live television speech to the American public. The initial concept … Continue reading

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Reagan Bombs Libya

Reagan Bombs Libya 1986 After the fall of Nasser, a petro-dollar empowered strongman, Muamar Qaddafi, sought Libya’s day in the sun as leader of the Arab world. To prove his bona-fides Qaddafi became the leading source for state supported terrorism … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady 1979 – 1990 In many ways presaging the “Reagan revolution” in the United States, Margaret Thatcher led a rejuvenation of the conservative movement in the United Kingdom. An ardent anti-communist, Thatcher received the moniker “Iron Lady” from … Continue reading

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Our Man in Tehran

Our Man in Tehran 1941 – 1979 Replacing his deposed father, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was central to first British and then American plans for the Middle East. While Pahlavi undertook the mantle of western reformer, he often chafed under … Continue reading

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Alliance for Progress

Alliance for Progress 1961 – 1973 Initiated by President Kennedy as a counter for growing Cuban influence in Central and South America, the Alliance for Progress was to help integrate the economies of North and Latin America. Emphases for the … Continue reading

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“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…”

“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You…” 1961 – 1973 The seminal line of perhaps the most powerful inaugural address ever given by a US president, President Kennedy ushered in an era of American confidence and resolve during … Continue reading

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Ussuri River Skirmish

Ussuri River Skirmish 1969 After years of deteriorating relations and China’s first nuclear test, forces of the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union clashed along their long and porous border. The Ussuri and Amur Rivers’ possession remained uncertain … Continue reading

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