DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The half decade or so leading to the demise of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Christmas Day 1991, was a reaffirmation of democracy and an end to the Cold war.
Such an important period had come to pass that people today have no clue how superior the US is two decades later and reigning supreme as the World's lone superpower. Even Russia's Vladimir Putin openly recognizes the distinction.
All of which brings us speculation over Trump and Russia's influencein the 2016 presidential election that saw Hillary Clinton lose. It's laughable.
Likewise, Trump sacking Comey as FBI director in wanting a loyalty plege is not in conflict with a constitutional pledge. Trump's only mistake was not telling Comey to hit the road the day he was sworn into the Oval Office as the 45th president. Notice how quiet Hillary Clinton is. A special prosecutor is not needed nor justified.
We forget how Reagan/Bush were criticized here at home for dealing with Gorbachev. Two years after Reagan stood in West Berlin and demanded, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall," it was done. The era of “perestroika” (restructuring) and “glasnost” (openness) in Soviet policies at home and among the USSR'S satellite countries that constituted the Warsaw Pact - the Iron Curtain -- that divided Europe.
It was economics that was at stake -- the burden of cleaning up Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear meltdown and massive shortages in goods and services from decades of military build up at the expense of economic reforms that forced Gorbachev to stand pat not send in the tanks as had been the case in 1956 in Budapest, Hungary and in 1968 in Prague, Czechoslavakia, as unrest grew louder in the satelite Warsaw Pact countries in the late 1980s.
1989: Year of Anti-Communist Revolutions
Prior to 1989, the yesr that saw Eastern Europeans -- the spoils that went to Josegf Stalin at the end of World War II and under Soviet control for nearly half a centiry begin to shake their fists back at Mowscow -- the world was changing. For all of the military might, the people of Eastern Europe were tired of the failed policies of Lenin-Stalin socialist society and the fallacy of communist nirvana. A subsequent revolution that began, ironically in Poland, whose capital is Warsaw, saw communist regimes fall like dominoes.
Here is a summary as described in Wikipedia:
Momentum towards full blown revolution began in Poland in 1989, and continued in Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. One feature common to most of these developments was the extensive use of campaigns of civil resistance, demonstrating popular opposition to the continuation of one-party rule and contributing to the pressure for change. Romania was the only Eastern Bloc country whose people overthrew its Communist regime violently, whereas the regimes in Romania and in some other countries inflicted violence on the population.
The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 failed to stimulate major political changes in communist China, but powerful images of courageous defiance during that protest helped to spark a precipitation of events in other parts of the globe. On the same day, 4 June, Solidarity won an overwhelming victory in a partially free election in Poland, leading to the peaceful fall of Communism in that country in the summer of 1989. Hungary dismantled its section of the physical Iron Curtain, leading to a mass exodus of East Germans through Hungary, which destabilized East Germany. This led to mass demonstrations in cities such as Leipzig and subsequently to the fall of the Berlin Wall, which served as the symbolic gateway to German reunification in 1990.
Then came the same snowball effect within the massive borders of the Soviet Union itself:
The Soviet Union was dissolved by the end of 1991, resulting in 14 countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) declaring their independence from the Soviet Union in the course of the years 1990–'91. The rest of the Soviet Union, which constituted the bulk of the area, became Russia in December 1991.
Communism was abandoned in Albania and Yugoslavia between 1990 and 1992. By 1992, Yugoslavia split into the five successor states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Macedonia, Slovenia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was later renamed Serbia and Montenegro and eventually split into two states, Serbia and Montenegro. Serbia was then further split with the breakaway of the partially recognized state of Kosovo. Czechoslovakia was dissolved three years after the end of Communist rule, splitting peacefully into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1992. The impact was felt in dozens of Socialist countries. Communism was abandoned in countries such as Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mongolia (which democratically re-elected a Communist government that ran the country until 1996), and South Yemen. The collapse of Communism (and of the Soviet Union) led commentators to declare the end of the Cold War.
The fallout from all of these sweeping changes was monumental:
During the adoption of varying forms of market economy there was initially a general decline in living standards. Political reforms were varied, but in only four countries were Communist parties able to keep for themselves a monopoly on power: China, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam. Many Communist and Socialist organisations in the West turned their guiding principles over to social democracy. Communist parties in Italy and San Marino suffered, and the renewal of the Italian political class took place in the early 1990s. The European political landscape was drastically changed, with numerous Eastern Bloc countries joining NATO and the European Union, resulting in stronger economic and social integration.
The fifth communist state is isolationist North Korea, led by Kim Jong-un, officially declared the supreme leader following the state funeral of his father on Dec. 28, 2011. And it's Kim, like his late father, who is rattling his cage from North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, with threats of nuclear Armageddon against South Korea, Japand and even the US, claiming he has the capability of launching a nuclear warhead or two.
Trump-Comey and the liberal Dems looking to Undermine Presidency
It is the Democrats -- sour still over Hillary Clinton's humiliating defeat. now using Trump's firing of Comey and attempting to recast Russia as the Soviet Union, to undermine and even derail the Trump presidency not even six months of his taking office.
As has been reported and estblished, it is not Comey that makes or breaks the FBI's ongoing probe into allegations the Russians interferred and/or compromised the 2016 election, but rather the experienced inbvestigators within the agency itself. And while Democrats criticize Trump for expecting loyalty from Trump, it is their own blind loalty to libal political ideology that is impetus for a special prosecutor. Why? To tie up the Trump presidency --to cripple it long enough for the Dems to try and retake control of the House and Senate in the 2018 mid-term elections and hold Trump to one term: Thus allowing eiher the return of Hillary or socialist Bernie Sanders to retake the White House in 2020.
This is why Dems are now saying they will stall on Congressional approval of Trump's pick as successor to Comey until a special prosecutor is appointed. And while Trump's dealings with the Russians is ;pooled upon adss the Evil Empire Redux, Putin's Russia, which gaimned a foothold in the Ukraine, is nowhere near the threat to gloval peace as is the terrorism threats coming from North Koea's Kim Jung-on and the actual terrorism of ISIS and the cavalcade of Islamic Jihastist groups:
• The rise of the Taliban in Afghamistan;
• Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly al Nusra Front, or Jabhat al Nusra - translated means "Syria Conquest Front);
• AQIS in the Indian Subcontinent also referred to as the Ansarullah Bangla Team, an al Qaeda affiliate based in Bangladesh;
• Boko Haram (means "Western education is forbidden," or "Western education is a sin" and sometimes called the "Nigerian Taliban");
• "Hamas" (acronym for "Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia," or "Islamic Resistance Movement" in English. The word "hamas" also means zeal, or enthusiasm, in Arabic), which desires an Islamic fundamentalist Palestinian state; its manifesto espousing Israel'ds destruction.
America has numbed itself from the blood spilled on 9/11 that saw the takedown of the Twin Towers and the subsequent terrorist attacks in the intervening years in Spain, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany as well as continued terroristst attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. and the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando last year.
The mainstream liberal media tries to bridge the gap between Trump-Comey and Richard Nixon's Wayergate, in and of tiself a whole other topic.
America is not attuned to life under Soviet rule following two world wars where Europe was divided at Potsdam in 1945, with Britain's Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, acquiesing to Stalin's demands that saw European nation states carved up with the defeat of Hitler's NAZI Germany.
As bad as Putin may be, he's not in the same league as Stalin. And while liberals in Washington want to bind Trump's hands with a special prosecutor, it is North Korea and ISIS, along with other Jihadists that are the real enemy of America.