November 9th, 2014
12:17 AM ET

Remembering the day the Berlin Wall fell

Fareed speaks with then-U.S. National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and a former top British foreign policy advisor, Charles Powell, about the fall of the Berlin Wall. Watch the full interview this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

Why didn't the collapse of the Soviet Union result in bloodshed and war?

Scowcroft: Well, first of all, we didn't want it to, because what had happened before, every time there was any kind of an outburst in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union would crack down, kill the leaders and even be more repressive than before.

So what we wanted to do was to keep indications of violence and dissent underneath the Soviet radar, and we tried very hard to do that. And when the announcement about the Wall came, President Bush Sr. was told by his press secretary, you're going to have to talk to the press. Everybody is wondering about this. So I said, well, we don't really know what the facts are.

But anyway, the press came into the president's office and he described what was happening and how uncertain it all was. After he finished that explanation, one of the members of the press said, well, Mr. President, you don't seem very elated. I would think you'd want to go over and dance on the Wall. And he said, well, I'm just not that kind of a person. What we were worried about was that this event would force Gorbachev to violence and all of the hopeful signs would be destroyed.

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  1. Igor

    Having Fareed interview Brent is like having a donkey interview speaking to a race horse. All you will hear is braying.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:01 am | Reply
    • Gustav

      So true. You can expect stupid questions from Fareed. Where is this guy from?

      November 9, 2014 at 5:25 am | Reply
    • Greg

      Blue Saffron sux.
      FOX news sux

      November 9, 2014 at 5:40 am | Reply
    • Tom

      Igor is a dirty pig. He never showers

      November 9, 2014 at 5:43 am | Reply
  2. Duke

    The cornerstone of our foreign policy is having an enemy. That is the reason for global upheaval. We are continuously inventing enemies.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:07 am | Reply
    • Duke

      None exists!!! We are fighting ghosts.

      November 9, 2014 at 5:08 am | Reply
    • Jerry

      Duke is blue saffron's boyfriend

      November 9, 2014 at 5:46 am | Reply
    • Captain James T. Kirk

      True, Duke. And the last enemy is currently being manufactured in underground facilities built during the phony Cold War. Thousands of odd looking flying machines to be launched and scare the world into a One World Power vs. Invading terrorists from outer space. I'm not joking either.

      November 9, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
  3. ShiningStar

    We need to learn from Berlin Wall and not put up a Blue and Red wall around our country. That is exactly what Bin Laden wanted.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:18 am | Reply
    • Captain James T. Kirk

      You do not know Usama Bin Laden as well as his many wives did. Isn't it odd that his wives are never heard from? Never interviewed on TV. Everyone would watch. Wonder why it never happened.

      November 9, 2014 at 11:55 am | Reply
  4. Greg

    Shinningstar is a pig
    FOX news is boring

    November 9, 2014 at 5:41 am | Reply
  5. Jerry

    Blue Saffron is a hog

    November 9, 2014 at 5:47 am | Reply
  6. Blue Saffron

    It is true. I'm just a plain and simple pig

    November 9, 2014 at 5:48 am | Reply
  7. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    The wall that Chinese built:::

    INDIA-CHINA WAR

    HINDU ARMY CASUALITIES::::
    111,383 killed
    11,047 wounded
    11,696 missing
    123,968 captured
    131,544 ran away to Bhutan and still are hiding scared from Chinese.

    November 9, 2014 at 7:44 am | Reply
  8. m.s.mohamed ansari

    ECONOMIC COLLAPSE REASON ILLEGAL WAR AND ROYALBUDGET $1.7TRILLION
    next BBC All press and media Arabs leader, freemason, and G20 leader,POPE, ELECTRONIC VOTE ,,WHITE HOUSE HOUSE OF COMMAND,HOUSE OF LORD,,MICROSOFT, under control by CONGRESS ATO Z CONTROL BY QUEEN ELIZABETH still British rule the global 21 st century

    Royal budget and wedding cost. 10 generation total $ 57 trillion
    Each every politician rolling 8 years only
    But queen family enjoying 10 generation ,world leader creation war

    GLOBAL ECONOMIC FALL REASON WAR. Improve economy only peace and prayer
    WAR cost total $ 3.5 TRILLION. Every poor human blood tear .please saves economic
    POVERTY FAMINE &Effected education many people suicide. Many people Drug addict
    Jobless PRESENT ECONOMIC CRISIS GDP very lost
    Effected All liberal democracy. Billion of people tax pays.
    FDI INVESTOR &Joint ventured, effected global Federal Reserve
    Effected CNC manufacturer & energy power every one leader improve hiss own country thing big global economy
    BANKRUPT 170 BANKS OVER ALL 87000 BRANCHES
    Million of people death martial for not success only peace and prayer only success
    HISTORY+114, MDCCLXXVI+114, UNITEDKING+114, QUEEN+62, POPE+52=114
    WHITE HOUSE +52, HOUSE OF COMMAND +62 = 114 . Y afraid all press and media BBC CNN queenelizabeth
    Please bring original HISTORY .Six thousand journalists are suppressing the truth of history but in one day it will come out…
    Now we are in 21st century there were times former journalist Exposed truth and sacrificed their precious life for the sake of truth, they unveiled the real history. Perhaps contradicting to their present power and money clouded their mind and our upcoming generation becomes a victim.
    We do not believe politicians as we used to, we do not believe the media, and whereas we believe each other.” Securing A better future global economic
    Effected press Freedom, Liberal democracy, Open emigration, free tradepolcy, Avoid Electronic Vote
    All country Equal currency. Every one equal right M.S.MOHAMED ANSARI
    Pragmatism has now fallen foul of the continuing power of the press.
    http://costofwar.com/
    http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/war.casualties/index.html
    http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL3647712A/World_Media_Association

    November 9, 2014 at 8:42 am | Reply
  9. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Namastay:

    There have been 3 wars between China and India. Sino-Indian War of 1962, the Chola War in 1967, and the 1987 Sino-Indian War.
    In all these three wars India was comprehensively defeated and the Indian Army surrendered. In two of these wars the Indian Army was commanded by hindu generals. The last war had a Sikh general. Needless to say they were all cowards and surrendered to Chinese.

    November 9, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
  10. It's just an opinion

    As long as power is a projection of ideologies the cold war will continuue.

    November 9, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
  11. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Simultaneously, on October 21, 1962 at 4:30 am the Chinese troops, in a blitzkrieg, overwhelmed the Indians in a series of flanking manoeuvres south of the McMahon Line and prompted their withdal from Namka Chu. Fearful of continued losses, Indian troops escaped into Bhutan and Tibet. Chinese forces pursued and captured thousands of Indian soldiers. Chinese forces now held all of the territory that was under dispute at the time of the Thag La confrontation, but they continued to advance into the rest of NEFA...

    November 9, 2014 at 11:24 am | Reply
  12. Captain James T. Kirk

    The "Cold War" was an excuse for the two superpowers to build 60 trillion dollars worth of underground manufacturing facilities that consume massive amounts of electricity even today.

    November 9, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
  13. chri§§y

    Lol ive been wondering how long it would take before you brought THAT topic up @ *ahem* Captain Kirk! 😉

    November 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  14. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    On 22 October 1987, at 12:15 am, Indian Army surrendered to Chinese Liberation Army. About 125,000 Indian soldiers were captured. This was a victory that propelled China into global leadership and a defeat for India that sealed its fate as a curmedgeon in world politics.

    November 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  15. Ronnie Raygun

    Hey you! He he. Yeah YOU. Ha ha. He he. Tear down that wall! He he

    November 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Ronnie Raygun

      err, Tear down This Wall? I forget. At least I didn't trip. RIP Gerald Ford. He would of been like a hundred years old come December. Dang it, he fell down again...I recall thinking.

      November 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  16. Ronnie Raygun

    They pay me to act excited on TV. Not in front of you guys. Get real.

    November 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  17. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Hindus are busy scratching their balls and picking their nose while Chinese conquer their territories. Scratching their balls is second nature to Indian Hindus. They do it while bobbling their head side to side. They feel empowered during the scratching process and is akin to a dog taking a p iss against a lamp post

    November 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  18. It's just an opinion

    Thatcher and Mitterand called Gorbachev and asked him to not allow the rejoining of East and West Germany. There were 230,000 crack east german troops standing ready. Gorbachev told them to stand down with a promise from the west to keeping nato out of the old soviet block. Every American President since that time has failed to represent that promise. American foreign policy has continued to fail in promises. Like our early negociations with the plains indians promises from American politicians is worth less than the paper it is written on.

    November 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  19. chri§§y

    Well youre doin a damn good job bein funny even if they dont pay ya! Lmao givin someone on here a little compet ition huh? Lol

    November 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  20. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    How shameless Hindus are. Chinese army has conquered Indian territory and put up their flags . Indians are such cowards and have no self respect that they wont fight the Chinese for their country. The hindu army is hiding in trenches scared. ROFL

    November 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Ronnie Raygun

      Hey there sonny boy. Berlin Wall. Not that puny little fence Chinese built that Mongols laughed at. Atilla baby yeah!

      November 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Ronnie Raygun

        Acourse Atilla was a Hun. Same as Philip and The Huns of Colorado Springs North Junior HS fame.
        He he he. Acourse was talking about Genghis Khan.

        November 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm |
  21. Philip

    Guess everyone took Sunday off. It's called Free Day in Nigeria if that sounds interesting.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  22. Ronnie Raygun

    Oh. Hey. Btw, Gorby. Is that a map.of Australia on your head? Well. Gotta be going. Nancy needs help trimming her fingernails these days ya know. Bye for now.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  23. banasy©

    Someone is drunk posting again. Hint: it's not me.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  24. Ronnie Raygun

    Dang it. Some old ladies are here now. Well. I was going to say a Nancy is worth 3 Barbara's, even with pill rehab centers. But should probably just go now. I've got a lot of Nancy's hair I'd like to sell to make a little room here in our confined quarters. It's course enough for men's hair too ya know. Wish there was a market for nail clippings.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  25. Philip

    Hell oh, @banasy.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Hell oh yourself, Philip.

      November 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  26. Dubya

    Ya got a problem with drinking, there missy. Drinking has produced presidential dynasties. Not just War Mongering, ya know. Kennedy's ran booze. Bushes ran wars dontcha know. Clinton ran his mouth, btw.

    November 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Sorry, Dubya, you've got the substance abuse problem. It's impolite to project your behavior onto others.

      November 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Yes. Dubya was a drunken crack head at one time in his life. Good point, Donna.

        November 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm |
      • Philip

        Bill Clinton preferred women with meat on their bones. Look at Hillary now. Bill should gave waited. But no. He had to have a porker right now. Even on the desk in the Oval Office. That MUSTat least be a low crime or misdemeanor. Right?

        November 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
      • banasy©

        What do you expect me to say, PED? I don't like what BC did, but I don't dwell on things that happened 19 years ago, either.

        November 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm |
  27. Philip

    Lest we forget flight 007 that left Washington DC with congresspersons and entourage on board. And who stopped to refuel in Alaska with only congressman Larry Brown being transferred to the KAL 007 flight that got shot down over Soviet air space. And just days before McDonald had been subpoenaed to appear in LA District Court involving Reagan using McDonald's private info gathering firm in run-ups to race for Governor of Cali.

    November 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Congressman Larry McDONÀLD, rather. Dang Kentuckians anyway. Making liquids that make me forget stuff. Yummy though.

      November 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  28. Chinese Hindoo Bhai Bhai

    Mamas don't let your kids grow up to be like hindus. These cowards are hiding in trenches while Chinese conquer India in front of our eyes.

    Why dont you hindus go fight the Chinese and take your land back. Don't you have any dignity or self respect??

    November 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Mamas don't let your children dress like gang bangers, rather. The National Defense Authorization Act of Congress allows for US troops shooting terrorists on US soil the same as are praised for doing overseas. President Obama signed this bi-partisan Act of Congress into LAW. Beginning in January of next year, US troops will begin shooting gang bangers.

      November 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Doesn't Congress pass one every fiscal year?
        Doesn't the sitting POTUS sign one every year?
        Yes.
        Wouldn't shooting gang bangers eliminate one of your pet peeves?

        What are you complaining about, then? I should think you'd whole-heartedly approve of such a measure.

        November 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
  29. Philip

    Most substances are sold at pharmacies you nitwit.

    November 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      You had best not be calling me that.

      November 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  30. Philip

    Was talking about this years NDAA. Not every other years. Holy crap.

    November 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Reply
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