If aliens landed on Earth tomorrow, what would happen? Would we fight them, like in "Independence Day"? Would we communicate with them, like in "Arrival" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"? Or would we try to dissect them, like in "E.T."? For former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, questions like those weren't trivial. They gave him perspective amid the rising tension of the Cold War.
Mr. Gorbachev, Mars Attacks!
Mikhail Gorbachev and George Schultz in 2009
The alien story is at 2:15.
Reagan's Address to the United Nations, 1987
Skip ahead to 28:45 to hear the quote.
Written by Ashley Hamer January 31, 2018
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