recording a sound check for his weekly radio address, Ronald Reagan made the following
fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that
will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
statement was never broadcast, but, even so, news of it leaked out.
caused a storm of international protest and his political opponents at home seized
on it as yet another example of the 'cowboy' in the White House trying to provoke
a fight with the Soviet Union.
was to go on to forge close ties with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and watch
on as the Soviet empire started to break up in favor of capitalism.