Reagan, Gorbachev And Third World - Rise of the Right is the eight episode of the documentary series.
In it,Oliver Stone and his collaborators explores primarily the legacy of President Ronald Reagan.It starts with the last years of the Nixon presidency such as the near end of the Vietnam War,the bombings of third world countries like Cambodia,Watergate and Americans demanding for their rights in society;the Gerald Ford presidency in passing; and the legacy of President Jimmy Carter such as the Cold War,removal of US troops from Vietnam,the Middle East crisis particularly in Iran,the involvement of the United States in the war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union where the animosity between the Taliban and the Americans started that would later lead to the September 11 attacks and the difficult economic situation that the United States.It concluded that Carter's inexperience and his failed foreign policies almost threatened world peace which laid the foundation of the groundwork for the presidency of Reagan.
It started with a brief background of Ronald Reagan as an actor and his rise in the world of politics through his charm and good looks.It also provided how the United States got involved in global affairs militarily especially with the Soviets and in the Middle East.This eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Empire and fall of the Berlin Wall.In it,Stone tries to paint a picture that Reagan left a trail of death and destruction in achieving this.Also,he stated that the aggressive nuclear armament race the U.S. got involved with during the Reagan years that led to the Soviet's demise had somehow ended the hopes of world peace after President Reagan refused the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to end it with a peace treaty.Added to that,the conspiracy discussed was the endless involvement of the United States in many paramilitary action in different countries during his administration particularly during the Iran-Iraq War in the 80's.
This episode somewhat paints a picture of the Republican Party's liking towards war and paramilitary action.Oliver Stone,who happens to be a liberal,tries to somehow cover that bias by presenting Carter's failed foreign policies during his term as President who happens to be a Democrat.But one thing is clear though.He somehow blames the Republicans to many military actions during the 80's and the 90's and its role of policing the world.It subtly indicates that the U.S. was lost morally.In doing so,it also provides the viewer of a bad image of the United States.This will definitely spark a debate among the viewers as to whether only Republicans were responsible for this or the US Government.But nevertheless,one should also give credit to the U.S. to the demise of the Soviet Union and the death of a communist superpower.
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