Tuesday, July 7, 2009

President Obama in Russia

During President Obama's speech in Russia he made many comments about the Cold War. While he was very careful not to mention a US victory he did say that it ended peacfuly.
A portion of his speech

"Like President Medvedev and myself, you're not old enough to have witnessed the darkest hours of the Cold War, when hydrogen bombs were tested in the atmosphere, and children drilled in fallout shelters, and we reached the brink of nuclear catastrophe. But you are the last generation born when the world was divided. At that time, the American and Soviet armies were still massed in Europe, trained and ready to fight. The ideological trenches of the last century were roughly in place. Competition in everything from astrophysics to athletics was treated as a zero-sum game. If one person won, then the other person had to lose.

And then, within a few short years, the world as it was ceased to be. Now, make no mistake: This change did not come from any one nation. The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful."

This could leave the door open to our medal if this plays out right.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Vice Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"