Letter: Reagan raised GDP spending,razed the USSR

Re: ‘Reagan did help world redecorate without the Iron Curtain’ (Metro, March 18)

Timothy Laren incorrectly says that the U.S. did not get help from France during The Revolutionary War.

Without France’s monetary support, as well as many of France’s generals and other military officers, we would have lost in a year or two.

Also, my political science professor in 1977 told the class that the USSR was spending 22 percent of its GDP, while the U.S. was only spending 6 percent of its GDP.

He correctly predicted that we would win the Cold War because of economics. Reagan increased our GDP spending to over 9 percent, which forced the USSR to increase to near 35 percent of GDP.

This action weakened the USSR logistically (feeding their troops) which allowed the Soviet states to protest against a weakened USSR.

The USSR was going broke. Ask any general and he will tell you that “an army marches on its stomach.”

This is why Reagan is credited with the USSR downfall.

Mike Palermo, via email



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