Originally Posted by Flying-Dutchman
We had a peaceful period under Reagan because of his shoot-first-ask-questions-later cowboy image in the movies.
We had a peaceful period under Reagan because the Soviets were busy fighting the Afghans and the Iraqis were busy fighting the Iranians. The Chinese were busy trying not to starve to death. We were selling weapons to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. The world was a different place, and the other big superpower was busy falling apart. The Islamist rage was focused on them, since they were there.