Now being a student of history and wanting to learn new things, I decided to look up Sputnik on Google. Sputnik was launched on 4 October 1957, and at that time, the United States was wanting to be the first to launch a satellite into space. For further reading, click here.
Sputnik even prompted President Kennedy a few years later to commit the United States to putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Now depending on your persuasion (did we land or not), neither Sputnik or the U.S. landing on the moon bankrupted either government.
In fact, the BBC has compiled the five top reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Sputnik was just not one of them. In short, internal conflicts, foreign entanglements, and a nation that just grew too darn big, caused the collapse.
During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union spent billions of rubles, lost thousands of lives, killed even more people, and they still could not win the war. In the final analysis, Afghanistan was the U.S.S.R.’s Vietnam. Come to think of it, we’re doing the same thing.
To get a further grasp of what Sarah Palin says you must turn the volume down – all the way!