1. An Extra Terrestrial Attack Could Have Stopped the Cold War
President Ronald Reagan was the Happy Cold Warrior. A staunch conservative and anticommunist, he went about with a sunny disposition and demeanor that did little to mask his implacable detestation of communism and opposition of the Soviet Union. His single minded focus on challenging what he termed “The Evil Empire”, and dragging the USSR into an arms buildup competition that its rickety economy could not sustain, contributed greatly to the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. However, there was one field where he was more than happy to cooperate with the Soviets.
As Mikhail Gorbachev recounted, he was strolling around a garden with Reagan during the 1985 Geneva Summit, when the POTUS blurted out of the blue: “What would you do if the United States were suddenly attacked by someone from outer space? Would you help us?” Gorbachev replied that the Soviets would help us out against ET. That greatly pleased the American president – apparently, the threat of alien attack had been gnawing at Reagan, a lifelong sci-fi nerd, for years. So turns out that extraterrestrials might have united humanity to stop the Cold War in order to face a common enemy.
Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading
Dormandy, Thomas – Opium: Reality’s Dark Dream (2012)
Ellsberg, Daniel – The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (2017)
Gaddis, John Lewis – The Cold War: A New History (2005)
Halberstam, David – The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (2008)
Hari, Johann – Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs (2016)
Summers, Harry G. – On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War (1995)
Wikipedia – M16 Rifle