Stalin was trying to get the western powers behind a united front against Fascism in Europe. Only when that failed did he turn to agreements with Hitler such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. The western powers were trying to play Hitler off against the Soviets by attempting to appease him and hoping he would go east. This is well documented.Originally Posted by Lasher
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Moderator's Warning: Knock off the personal attacks and stop discussing each other
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
I think we should do a trade first.
We will give them a Chevy Volt for every old car they give us. I know they are held together with duct tape and wire, but it would be a kick to restore them to their former glory.
Then maybe lift the embargo.
This Cuban situation has gnawed at me for decades. There's absolutely no reason for having dragged this on so long beyond political pandering taking precedence over national interest and foreign relations. Galls me to my toenails. Now to read the thread and find out who is going to want my head on a pike next to yours, lol, and who shows common sense!