I'm twenty and I'm crazy. Fangirl, scientist and writer. I'm at college in Boston right now, but New York will always be my home. Likes archeology, astronomy, space travel, history, superhero comics, general science, the oceans, Star Wars, aviation, exploration/geography, mysteries and Disney. (Which is where my title comes from...)
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
A Call for A Bold Defense: the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka “Star Wars”
Thirty years ago, on March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan publicly revealed his Strategic Defense Initiative proposal in a televised address. Portrayed as an alternative to the existing “Mutually Assured Destruction” (“MAD”) doctrine of nuclear deterrence, the ambitious nuclear missile defense system was also criticized as costly and implausible, derisively referred to as “Star Wars”. The program greatly accelerated U.S. satellite research but led to one of the final escalations of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
This draft of the speech incorporates edits and comments by President Reagan.