Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane was an unsung hero in America’s Cold War victory over Russia #Robert #Bud #McFarlane #unsung #hero #Americas #Cold #War #victory #Russia Welcome to TmZ Blog, here is the new story we have for you today:
NEWYou can now listen to TmZ Blog articles!
Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane passed away this week. His resume was long and distinguished – Naval Academy graduate, decorated Vietnam war hero, military aide to Henry Kissinger in the Nixon and Ford administrations, and President Reagan’s National Security Advisor.
But Washington being Washington, commentators have focused on McFarlane’s role in the Iran Contra affair, the scandal du jour of the later years of the Reagan administration, when U.S. officials tried unsuccessfully to reestablish a relationship with Iran.
To focus primarily on the scandal misses the role McFarlane played as an unsung hero in Reagan’s ultimate Cold War victory over the Soviet Union. Many others took the credit, but few deserved it more than Bud McFarlane.
ROBERT MCFARLANE, REAGAN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR INVOLVED IN IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR, DIES
Reagan famously said his policy toward the Soviet Union and the Cold War was simple – “We win, they lose.”
It was left to McFarlane, Reagan’s National Security Advisor, and a handful of others to figure out how to do it.
In the early days of the Reagan administration, they crafted a comprehensive, carefully engineered and sequenced series of steps that would make the Soviet Union’s ultimate demise inevitable.
They began by:
*Restoring America’s economic health and growth
*Rebuilding and modernizing America’s military
*Revitalizing the NATO alliance
*Halting transfer of American technology to the USSR
*Blocking Soviet access to the western capital and banks.
The next step was Reagan’s “Star Wars” initiative. McFarlane was instrumental in Reagan’s proposal to develop a missile shield that would protect us from a Soviet nuclear attack.
FINLAND’S PRESIDENT TELLS PUTIN HIS COUNTRY WILL APPLY TO JOIN NATO
Once these elements were in place, McFarlane and other aides set out to stress the Soviet economy by reducing revenues. They convinced the Saudis to pump more oil into the world market, which drove the price from $27 to $10 a barrel in mid-1980s.