1985 was better overall
2015 is better overall
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
Today, obviously. The world is always getting better, violent crime is down, poverty is down, starvation is down, literacy is up etc, etc.
Eat me, drink me, love me;
Laura make much of me
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
I never worried that a Russian was going to hurt me. In fact, in 1983, I studied abroad in Vienna for a semester, and we took a 10 day trip to Russia. It wasn't scary at all. I wouldn't consider going to many places now that we went then, including Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Greece. I wouldn't let my kids go to any of those places now.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
In the Soviet Politburo. Which is one big reason a relative outsider like Gorbachev was able to be elected. He convinced the old guys in the Politburo that they needed a radically younger man who might bring in new ideas to save the U.S.S.R.
They figured badly because Gorbachev was younger and that was about it. He had no real ideas besides being more open about the Soviet failings, being nicer to the west and hoping for one hell of a lot of economic aid.