A missed op­por­tu­nity

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

“Gorbachev’s path to­ward rad­i­cal change,” David E. Hoff­man’s Sept. 10 Book World Re­view of Wil­liam Taub­man’s bi­og­ra­phy of Mikhail Gorbachev, “Gorbachev: His Life and Times,” over­looked the most im­por­tant point: Gorbachev had be­gun his re­forms in con­cert with Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher and Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan. But af­ter as­sum­ing the pres­i­dency, Ge­orge H.W. Bush re­fused Thatcher’s and Gorbachev’s pleas for a Mar­shall-type plan to sup­port the rad­i­cal changes sweep­ing Rus­sia. Mr. Bush was con­tent to have “beaten” Gorbachev (and Boris Yeltsin), and so the United States missed its great op­por­tu­nity to “re­set” the world.

Richard Ash­ford, Chevy Chase

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