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Gorbachev calls Kennedy an "American Hero"

In a recent interview, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev confided that his American hero (“of my generation”) was President John F. Kennedy.

He said via an interpreter, “Good man. A man of courage. It is what is needed today.”

So commented the courageous former communist turned peacenik who dismantled Soviet communism and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

Gorbachev . . .

  • Is not a big fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s macho press photo poses. “I have posed for pictures, but not with Siberian tigers.”
  • Is a fan of President Barack Obama. “Do you like him? I do.”
  • Does not like America’s plans for a missile system in Europe. “I’m worried about it. America knows no one wants to go to war against the United States. Our countries need to cooperate. President Eisenhower went to war against the military industrial complex.”
  • Introduced “Glasnost” and “Perestroika” to the Soviet Union, which eventually led to the end of the Cold War and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. “I knew something big was being done by us. The world needed what happened.”

Glasnost =  A policy which called for increased openness and transparency in government institutions and activities in the Soviet Union.

Perestroika = A political movement within the Soviet Communist Party, referring to the restructuring of the Soviet political and economic system.

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