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. Philip

    One of my pet peeves? The Scourge of America, rather. You wit knit.

    November 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Philip

    Banasy needs a good flogging.

    November 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
    • banasy©

      Instead of posting what you would like to see done to someone you have never met in the most disturbing way possible, post the information I asked from you on the other blog, mainly:

      The amendment number of said NDAA doc, and:
      The sponsoring Congressman.

      Make yourself clear, in other words, instead of posting your continued fever dreams.

      Holy crap.

      November 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm |
  3. Philip

    Yes. We need to tie @banasy to a stake and flog her with spaghetti. And for many hours. Taking shifts, when necessary to get the point across.

    November 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
  4. chri§§y

    Hmmm, I think someones approach needs some refining!

    November 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm |
    • Philip

      Yes. We could flog her with hemp chords soaked in hemp seed oil I reckon. With similar results.

      November 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
      • chri§§y

        Shut the f ukk up hindu raypist.

        November 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm |
  5. Philip

    That's what America is lacking; those willing to step outside of social boundary lines and call for the @banasy's of the world to all be flogged. Lmao

    November 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
    • Philip

      We could even tie Chrissy up to an old mud fence and throw rotten eggs at her. 🙂

      November 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm |
    • chri§§y

      What a stupid comment. You must be on that cheap weed again. Muther f ukker.

      November 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
    • banasy©

      If America took the rantings of every untreated paranoid schizophrenic seriously, nobody would be left alive.

      November 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
  6. Sikh Hindoo Bhai Bhai



    Three Sikhs attack Indian Army's Lt Gen K S Brar in London

    Brar, 78, was attacked as he walked with his wife Meena, in Old Quebec Street, central London, on September 30, 2012

    LONDON: Three Sikh, including a woman, were on Wednesday convicted in the UK of carrying out life-threatening attack on Lt Gen (retd) Kuldip Singh Brar, who had led "Operation Blue Star" 28 years ago that massacred pro-Khalistani freedom fighters from the Golden Temple.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
  7. banasy©

    Hey rupert come suk my d ik. You too philliip, chrissy, and all other names ya have. Lick my balls too.

    November 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm |
  8. chri§§y

    I bet...tardboy!

    November 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm |
  9. chri§§y

    Hey faux pas faux chrissy did you get an abortion yesterday.

    November 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm |
  10. Paid Basher

    Ummm. Indians are smell.funny?

    November 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm |
  11. Google The Bush Family

    Google The Bush Family to see who the real traitors to the US are.

    November 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm |
  12. chri§§y

    Lol @ my troll, if i could have YOU sure wouldnt be here today!!!

    November 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    @ my troll...And WHY would you ask me such a stupid question as that anyway? The cogs quit turning in that head of yours or what? You ought to lay down by your dish and shut up already!

    November 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Paid Basher

    It is not at all uncommon for an Indian to burp. And at the dinner table too.

    November 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
  15. Ronnie Raygun

    Uh. Hey there, folks. Ronnie Raygun here...back again after trimming Nancy's nails again. He he. Noooo. Not the ones in her coffin. LMAO. Did I mention how Nancy looks much younger these days? No.? Ya sure?

    November 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm |
  16. Crockett

    Just landed in Liberia from India !!!!! THANK GOD !!!! Kissed the ground in Monrovia. Checking into a hospital for Ebola/Hep A- C/E Coli/TB etc.
    Never again will I go to India ever again. EVER!!!

    It is absolutely terrible there beyond words. I will publish my comments as we go along.
    Suffice to say that India is disintegrating. People are beyond belief neanderthals and sooooo many of them. Raiping everything that moves including but not limited to water buffaloes and camels, Spitting, coughing in your face, smelling and just pure unhygienic. No moral values. Womenbeaters. Filthy people. Smell like rotten onions. In fact.....pardon my french..., they smell like pig s hit on a hot Indian summer day. Or perhaps a hot Louisiana day.

    November 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm |
  17. Brigette Sweezey

    11/3/2016 @ 20:11:01: lorem ipsum

    November 3, 2016 at 8:11 pm |
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