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01-28-2011, 04:11 PM
On Sputnik vs. Spudnut
by Sarah Palin on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 10:40am

Please read this article by the Hoover Institution’s Research Fellow Peter Schweizer. Schweizer, who has written extensively on the subject of the decline and fall of the Soviet Union, offers a Washington Post writer an important refresher on the real history of Sputnik, since many critics are engaged in misreporting:

Palin’s other point is that Sputnik was the sort of government bureaucratic program that got the Soviet Union in trouble; it’s an example of what eventually did them in. Citing Wikipedia (what journalistic ingenuity!), Stromberg argues that actually the Soviet Union didn’t have a debt problem until some “thirty years after” Sputnik. Perhaps instead of relying on Wikipedia, Stromberg might have consulted Robert Gates’ book From the Shadows which chronicles, in part, his career as a Soviet analyst at the CIA. (Just in case they are unaware at the Post, this is the same Robert Gates who is now the Secretary of Defense.) On page 173, he accurately points out that the CIA knew early on of the “Soviet economic crisis. From the late 1950s, CIA had clearly described the chronic weaknesses as well as the formidable military power of the Soviet Union.”


01-28-2011, 04:20 PM
Sputnik worked out very badly in the long run for the Soviets, as it led to a technology contest with the US, which they could not win. The climax of that fight was Reagan's SDI, which terrified Gorbachev. But, what Obama meant by a "Sputnik moment" was that we needed a moment in which we saw ourselves slipping behind a major power, due to a sudden, unexpected and severe humiliation. I submit that we have been having such moments since Obama was elected, from his "Bow and Scrape" tour to his explosion of debt, he has been running down the nation and rubbing our noses in his messes.