Ronald Reagan before the Cold War: Reagan was an actor who strongly disliked communism throughout his life even before he became president. As a young actor in Hollywood he believed communist actors should not be allowed to be shown on television or to the public, and that they should not even be in this free country. From 1947 to 1952 and 1959 to 1960 Reagan was the president of the Screen Actors Guild, a popular group of actors and actresses. This group contained 10 so-called communists who were blackmailed called "The Hollywood Ten."
"Peace through Strength" was Reagan's motto stating he wanted a peaceful world.
Taking Office: Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 as the 39th president, after Jimmy Carter.
The Cold War was "Good versus Evil, Right against Wrong." Ronald Reagan
Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) aka Star Wars: The SDI was a program made under the account of Reagan on March 23, 1983. It was an "anti-ballistic missile system." This was a system that was imagined to defend the United States against missile attacks from other countries. The system was given the nickname Star Wars because of it science fiction resembling features (including lasers.) The government set aside $26 billion to make the system, but scientists could not fulfill what Reagan was looking for. The system was never made, but the U.S.A. still used it as a threat to Russia by saying it was up and running.
The Reagan Doctrine: The Reagan Doctrine was Reagan's plan to make Central America anti-communist. The overall goal was to make the countries hate Russia and become a communist-free area. Reagan stopped at no standards to make sure these countries would believe the U.S.A. was right, including agreeing with non-communist countries that violated citizens rights (including El Salvador.) Reagan also hired the anti-communist guerrillas, people who had been secretly trained by the government, to fight people in countries including Nicaragua, El Salvador, Grenada, and Guatemala.