Peter Robinson on the ‘Tear Down This Wall’ Speech

 

I stumbled on this interview of Peter Robinson from five years ago while perusing YouTube. It was a delightful way to spend an hour.

We were stationed in West Germany from 1980-1985 and were afforded a trip to West Berlin. It was one of the most moving and enlightening things I have ever done. I have described the feeling of standing at Checkpoint Charlie comparing the two Berlins to The Wizard of Oz’s use of black-and-white vs. color to contrast Kansas with Oz. Peter also compares the differences as between color and black-and-white.

As a military member in uniform, I could actually cross over into East Berlin and walk around. I remember the Reagan strategy of pushing GLCM deployments to break the back of communism and the pushback from the opposing parties in the US and Germany. When I left West Germany in the summer of 1985, I saw no way that wall was coming down anytime soon. Reagan was right.

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  1. Mad Gerald Coolidge
    Mad Gerald
    @Jose

    I remember a panel of military officers at a Q&A session on a college campus in 1982 or 3.

    A student asked if they saw any chance that Germany would ever be reunited, and the military guys chuckled.  Their response was that not only would the USSR never let East Germany go, but that no one, especially their European neighbors, wanted to see the German nation reunited, considering their history.

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  2. Red Herring Coolidge
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    @EHerring

    Mad Gerald (View Comment):

    I remember a panel of military officers at a Q&A session on a college campus in 1982 or 3.

    A student asked if they saw any chance that Germany would ever be reunited, and the military guys chuckled. Their response was that not only would the USSR never let East Germany go, but that no one, especially their European neighbors, wanted to see the German nation reunited, considering their history.

    Sounds about right. We were on edge a lot. Once I had my daughter, the military and embassy worked swiftly to get a passport for her in our hands in case there was a sudden evacuation of military dependents. We even had to have a person who agreed to take her back to the states since we were both military and couldn’t leave.

    Also, during the timeline you mentioned, we had a scare and period of high alert. The Bader-Meinhoff terrorist gang was active and even set off a bomb on Ramstein. 

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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    I thoroughly enjoyed the interview! Thanks for sharing the link.

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  4. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    Red Herring: When I left West Germany in the summer of 1985, I saw no way that wall was coming down anytime soon

    It is hard to explain to younger people just how big of a deal that was.

    And I really like the guest host they got for that episode.

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  5. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Cool!

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  6. Chuck Thatcher
    Chuck
    @Chuckles

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I thoroughly enjoyed the interview! Thanks for sharing the link.

    Yes. One of the very very few that I’ve watched from beginning to end.  Totally excellent!

     

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  7. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
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    June 2012, back in Ricochet’s infancy, TPTB gave a few of Us some tickets to attend Mr. Robinson’s interview with then Governor Perry in Austin. Afterwards, Mr. Robinson gave a speech on the 25th anniversary of “Tear Down This Wall.” It was truly outstanding. We had a meet and greet afterward, too.

    That was a great day.

     

    Peter Robinson meets Jimmy Carter

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  8. GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms Reagan
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    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    June 2012, back in Ricochet’s infancy, TPTB gave a few of Us some tickets to attend Mr. Robinson’s interview with then Governor Perry in Austin. Afterwards, Mr. Robinson gave a speech on the 25th anniversary of “Tear Down This Wall.” It was truly outstanding. We had a meet and greet afterward, too.

    That was a great day.

     

     

    Peter Robinson meets Jimmy Carter

    Feet on desk? Nice touch there Mr Carter…

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  9. Chuck Thatcher
    Chuck
    @Chuckles

    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    And I really like the guest host they got for that episode.

    Well, it’s HIS fault I’m here!

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  10. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
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    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Ma… (View Comment):
    Feet on desk? Nice touch there Mr Carter…

    Thanks.

    The only time I can remember being nervous meeting someone. He’s like a rock star to Us political junkies, You know.

    I posted the picture as soon as I could and @westernchauvinist

    shows up to tell Me My feet are backerds. That scarred Me. 

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  11. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Mad Gerald (View Comment):
    on’t Stand a Meme of a Chance Mark Alexander · 37 Likes

    What?  Do you mean that our military officers are not always to be believed?

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  12. Red Herring Coolidge
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    He recorded a few UKs on a NR cruise. I attended the taping of one of them. I really enjoyed watching him do it.  It is fun watching them make the shows. I enjoy watching the zooms of the ricochet podcasts when I can

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  13. GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms Reagan
    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms
    @GLDIII

    Red Herring (View Comment):

    He recorded a few UKs on a NR cruise. I attended the taping of one of them. I really enjoyed watching him do it. It is fun watching them worse the shows. I enjoy watching the zooms of the ricochet podcasts when I can

    I was in the room with you during that taping.

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  14. Mad Gerald Coolidge
    Mad Gerald
    @Jose

    Red Herring (View Comment):

    Mad Gerald (View Comment):

    I remember a panel of military officers at a Q&A session on a college campus in 1982 or 3.

    ….

    Also, during the timeline you mentioned, we had a scare and period of high alert. The Bader-Meinhoff terrorist gang was active and even set off a bomb on Ramstein.

    I did short TDYs to Ramstein and Rhein-main about 1990.  They were still a bit nervy about that bombing.

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  15. RufusRJones Member
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    https://www.youtube.com/c/ColdWarConversations

     

     

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  16. Mad Gerald Coolidge
    Mad Gerald
    @Jose

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

     

    https://www.youtube.com/c/ColdWarConversations

    Good stuff there.

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  17. RufusRJones Member
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    Mad Gerald (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

     

    https://www.youtube.com/c/ColdWarConversations

    Good stuff there.

    That guy really knows what he’s doing. Wild stories.

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  18. Mad Gerald Coolidge
    Mad Gerald
    @Jose

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Mad Gerald (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

     

    https://www.youtube.com/c/ColdWarConversations

    Good stuff there.

    That guy really knows what he’s doing. Wild stories.

    Truth really is stranger than fiction.

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  19. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    Mad Gerald (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Mad Gerald (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

     

    https://www.youtube.com/c/ColdWarConversations

    Good stuff there.

    That guy really knows what he’s doing. Wild stories.

    Truth really is stranger than fiction.

    If anybody wants a sample, this is probably my favorite one. 

    https://coldwarconversations.com/episode229/

     

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  20. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    For those interested in this topic, I highly recommend listening to the Berlin Wall episode of the Political Orphanage podcast.  It is fascinating and heart-warming.

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