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Reagan’s Joke Lead To Red Alert | Flashback | NBC News

2020 5/29
Reagan's Joke Lead To Red Alert | Flashback | NBC News

When President Reagan joked about outlawing Russia and launching bomb strikes, he probably didn’t expect to put the Soviet system on war alert.
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  • Viq says:

    Drunk Russian. HAHAHAHA!

    In typical Russian fashion.

  • Steel CAD says:

    Don’t think it was the Ruskis that were Pissed ?

  • Michael Green says:

    even back then the libtard, elitist, trend-sucking dilettantes in the media would grasp at any innocuous thing to attack a conservative politician

    • accatt2204 says:

      How are they attacking him? That’s the news, no bias no saying, Good Job! Just this is what happened. That’s supposed to be the new not state run media.

    • royals1231 says:

      If he thinks this is liberal bias, then I don’t even want to know what CNN and MSNBC are now to them…

  • Joe Johnston says:

    Reagan was so awesome! He took on Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko. None could keep up with Reagan in the Cold War. It finally led to Reagan and Gorbachev ending the Cold War. American Hero! World Hero!

    • Joe Johnston says:

      Stefan, I’m not sure if you were old enough during those years to understand what was going on at the personal level.  I was.  The nuclear clock kept inching closer to WW3.  It was a game of spending and a game of chicken.  Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko’s healths failed, because they were very worried with the prospect of WW3.  At the personal level, their fear of WW3 perpetrated by Reagan made them sick.  Reagan came up with SDI (Star Wars) knowing fully that it may not get completed or function.  He basically turned it into a game of chicken.  He was not afraid to raise the game of chicken to the highest level.  Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko were too afraid to even communicate directly with Reagan.  Gorbachev began communicating with Reagan and realized that not only can WW3 be averted, that Reagan was willing to provide an exit strategy for USSR that would save Gorbachev’s face (to some extent).  The Eastern bloc defeating themselves is a myth.  If you lived in the 70’s and 80’s, you would understand the constant fear of nuclear warfare that peaked in the early 80’s.  You won’t understand this today from wikipedia or videos or newspaper/magazine articles.  You had to live through it.  We, in the US, were very afraid that the draft would return.  Anyway, if you think the Eastern bloc fell on its own, you underestimate the immense effect Reagan had on everybody … Republicans, Democrats, allies, and adversaries.

    • Joe Johnston says:

      +Stefan Genov  Why do you think the Eastern bloc (communism) was failing?  Because instead of spending on basic life necessities, Reagan forced USSR to spend massively on weapons of mass destruction, and to try and come up with some SDI system of their own.  Reagan’s strategy was to make USSR spend itself into the ground.  As for the state of the world today, I don’t think you can say there is any country that is doing great, including China.  All countries are economically interdependent on each other.  There will no longer ever be big winners in today’s global economy world.  That said, I still think the US and China have the strongest economies today.  And you probably would never guess what race I am, based on you jumping to conclusions by bad mouthing the US.

  • Chris6134 says:

    I agree with Reagan all the way!! He should have pushed the button back then already!
    Go Donald Trump!!!

    • Ashy Husky says:

      Go Trudeau!!

    • Ashy Husky says:

      @buster rymes America not so great

    • Chet Pomeroy says:

      @Jeshkam If the Russian Federation goes the way of the old Soviet Union, who will control all those nuclear missiles in Russia after the implosion?

    • Jeshkam says:

      @Chet Pomeroy Good people?

    • Chet Pomeroy says:

      @Jeshkam Well, let’s hope so!

  • Guiller Raval says:

    😂😂😂

  • gerald6919 says:

    I love former US President Ronald Reagan peace through strength huge arms race build up that ended cold war with former Soviet Union. America was only Nuclear power back in 1945 President Ronald Reagan should of been President made sure US was only Nuclear Power. US President Ronald Reagan was Nuclear Cowboy gun shooter. President Ronald Reagan wanted peace through strength.

    • Sqvirlgirl says:

      Never ever underestimate the complexity of why the Soviet Union crumbled. It crumbled from within. The whole Arms Race just made the system look old and tired. Thanks to Radio Free Europe, Solzhenitsyn and other outspoken critics countering the Soviet propaganda, the people of the Soviet Republics started to push back. They wanted their independence and they got it. If the people of the USSR had been united…..things would have ended very differently.

  • IronFire Gaming says:

    YOU JUST GOT..
    ..
    PRANKED

  • Bort Flong says:

    Enemies of us have agency. If a joke makes them initiate war, that is on them.

  • Walter Palmer says:

    This is a lot more serious than Trump saying “I have a nuclear button that works” – yet people are making out that it’s a declaration of war.

    • hadas Moosazadeh, author says:

      Pressing a button is just a lie. There’s no any button. A declaration of war will be taken only in the President’s announcement. Ronald Reagan’s announcement almost caused the Third World War. Every wrong announcement might be destructive.

    • Adam says:

      Jeremy Hunt Are you some sort of stupid?

    • unknown user says:

      @Adam he’s right…

    • Dead Channel says:

      I mean, Reagan wasn’t serious. Trump is.

    • ozzy eMate says:

      Paying attention to the media currently it’s like urinating into a strong wind we know the outcome but we always hope for different one

  • eric zerkle says:

    I remember this.. freaked out everyone!!!!!!

  • Benjamin Crookston says:

    We could have made them illegal 30 years ago….and now they interfere with our elections.

    • DUDAH says:

      you got no prooof they manipulate your elections

    • Steel Wolf says:

      more evidence that the DNC are up to that… accusing others of what they are doing…

    • G R says:

      Benjamin Crookston I know, it’s terrible. Clinton and the Democrats should go to prison for what they did.

  • Slappy Fistwad says:

    Trump should have a hotmike moment like this:
    “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw the Deep State forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

    • Alpha Beef says:

      Haha, he would never dare to touch his jewish overlords of the deep state, he is their puppet like every other president

  • David Lato says:

    We should have bombed Russia. I spent 13 miserable months in that shithole, no one would miss them back in the 80s and no one would miss them now.

    • ProvableGrub 45 says:

      David Lato I would miss them because of their rich history. The last 30 years of their history have been extraordinarily interesting. I don’t agree with them politically, with their an annexation of the Crimea, supporting Assad and a plethora of other things; but from a historical standpoint they are one of the most interesting countries in the world.

    • Jeshkam says:

      I don’t have anything against ordinary Russian people, because most of them are good people, however I hope the balding, ex-KGB mafia boss from Kreml will be electrocuted soon.

    • Здравствуй, песня says:

      @Jeshkam забавно, ведь большинство россиян его поддерживают

  • Unregistered HyperCam 2 says:

    USSR: How many levels of brinkmanship are you on
    US: Like, joking about bombing in a sound check, my dude
    USSR: You are like a little appeaser, watch this
    USSR: WE NOW EMBARK ON MILITARY ACTION AGAINST US FORCES

  • Clay Bailey says:

    And the press explodes when trump says “I have a big red button”

    • BroncosBailey ‘99 says:

      Clay Bailey but it turns out the big red button is just the button he presses to get a Diet Coke sent to his private study.

    • The Great King of Evil Ganondorf says:

      One was clearly a joke in bad taste, one was a petty insult to a volatile nuclear power that could have ended in nuclear war. I recommend learning the difference

    • Adenoid Hynkel says:

      Clearly St. Ronnie was just being “sarcastic.”

  • Jonathan Sakks says:

    Reagan made America great again

    • Bob says:

      @rich duley Now THATS a good joke

    • unknown user says:

      @Bob not as big a joke as you, bud.

    • Juan Figueroa says:

      Reagan hated poor people

    • SgtBaker16 says:

      @Juan Figueroa no he hated welfare trash

  • Benjamin Trif says:

    Might have been drunk ?

  • nicolas Daliere says:

    That was hillarious

  • AJ12Gamer says:

    0:12 – 0:13
    1:24 – 1:25
    When you reverse engineer the sound clip. You will realize the state run media’s brainwashing technique on it’s own people.
    😱😱😱😱

    • Forest Denizen says:

      Explain.
      I mean it sounds like a compressed audio sample, but I don’t have access to Audacity right now.

      What does it say?

  • Gorgon says:

    Who’s here from JK News?

  • Chris gibbs says:

    Reagan was speaking off air and it was the fake news liberal media that leaked the recording and caused the Soviet threat.

  • Xereth says:

    Laughs in drunk soviet.

  • Big Jimmy says:

    Good stuff

  • Omid Ehtiati says:

    Reagan told us Russia is the kingdom of evil that’s true…I wished USA has nuked Russia instead of Japan..at least with 100 nuke bombs…

    • аб вг says:

      Evil empire. He called it Evil empire. And it still is.

  • Sir Phineas Lucius Ambercrombie, Esq. says:

    Well, well, well. There you go again.

  • Sandman Fu says:

    Reds can’t understand humor????

  • Fred Bloggs says:

    The world was destroyed by a drunken Russian.
    They’ll never believe it.
    ‘Well meet again,
    don’t know where,
    don’t know when,
    but I know well meet again some sunny day’.

  • wowalinbie says:

    Iran got a taste of Russia’s puckering this day.

  • Scott Prendergast says:

    Heres my opinionon this serious matter
    1st i was NOT here
    2nd you did not see me
    3rd this NEVER HAPPENED
    4th NO COMMENT

  • danger mouse says:

    I can remember when he did that. The left lost their f-ing minds. It was beautiful.

    • SgtBaker16 says:

      They thought he’d single handedly destroy the world. He didn’t.

  • Anonymous Doe says:

    Jesus I like Reagan but talk about a big blunder. It’s easy to laugh at this today but during the Cold War this no joke could have been how the world ends.

  • Isaac Roebuck says:

    Speculates that he might’ve been drunk?
    Of course he was drunk, that doesn’t mean anything.

  • Pain2TheMax says:

    it’s just a prank bro

  • Andreas erik says:

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Nobelprize winner and himself victim of the Bolshevikparty in Gulag.

    “You must understand, the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred, they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media in the hands of the perpetrators.”

    “We cannot state that all Jews are Bolsheviks. But without Jews, there would never have been Bolshevism. For a Jew, nothing is more insulting than the truth. The blood maddened Jewish terrorists have murdered sixty-six million in Russia from 1918 to 1957.”
    – Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

  • PIANOPHUNGUY says:

    I’d like to hear: We will start arresting Antifa and George Soros in 15 minutes.

  • Myst1cReaper says:

    LMFAOOO “The russian might’ve been drunk”

  • demiansvideos says:

    Fake news, they don’t explain what happened til 2 minutes into their story and their fear mongering graphics showing a convoy sailing from Russia.

  • TheSmithersy says:

    2:04

    Drunk Russians? No, I don’t believe it!

  • Johan Retsler says:

    But the way he said it…as if he was on a hurry to get to the bathroom or something.

  • William Story III says:

    Came here from The Americans. This plays in the background in a season 5 episode.

  • Utoi Anime Talk TV says:

    It’s a prank bruh

  • ozzy eMate says:

    You don’t give immediate any credit for anything let them carry on like fools Reagan used to laugh at the joke about them that’s when the media was full of adults

  • UNagJac says:

    Reagen wasn’t too smart ngl.

  • finalbossd says:

    “It’s just a prank, bro.” -Reagan, probably.

  • Eric Woytasek says:

    And 99 red balloons float by……..

  • Eugene Savinov says:

    It was beyond being unpresidential to make this joke. Trump also did this kind of thing lately, which could lead the country to another world war. Those among the republicans who support this irresponsible and unpresidential behavior should be dropped out of a helicopter to gulag.

  • Hyper Sonic says:

    Russia doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor.

  • Charlie Hippler says:

    Throwback to when Reagan almost accidentally started WW3. Oops.

  • Jenna D says:

    NBC can’t even spell “led” correctly. Our media is a joke.

    • Jenna D says:

      PS “lead” is how you spell the metal (or the present tense of “to lead”). When.i was a journalist, we had standards.

  • M. vdW. says:

    Where is Ashton Kutcher when you need him? I thought this was another Punk’d episode..

  • Premier Romanov says:

    NUCLEAR THREAT PRANK GONE WRONG – SOVIET INVASION CONFIRMED – RED ALERT DECLARED

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