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Happy Birthday to Mikhail Gorbachev

The last Soviet leader — who kept the Red Army in the barracks.

Mikhail Gorbachev turned 90 on March 2. Few Americans think of him, or his country, the Soviet Union, these days.

  • Doug Bandow
  • The American Spectator

Most people barely remember his name, which seems lost to the mists of time.

He became General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party 36 years ago this month, the fourth man to hold that position within a 28-month period.

He took control of the once-vaunted Evil Empire, whose domains stretched from Europe to the Pacific…

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