The Resurrection Gate in Moscow at night; Okino/Wikicommons  

Somehow the earth-shaking impact of the end of Communism in Russia in 1991 has still not been felt fully—at least in much of the west. Recall that at the time, even as the Berlin Wall fell in August 1989 as the USSR began to crumble, the reaction of the Bush administration (and many experts) was to try to preserve the status quo, with which we felt comfortable. So it was that a full two years after Berlin, in August 1991, only four months before the red flag came down over the Kremlin, U.S. President George H. W. Bush delivered his...


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