America “Dizzy with Success”

Mikhail Gorbachev gave an interview with BBC’s The World This Weekend where he blamed the poor relations between Russia and the West on the United States. In the interview he said:

“We lost 15 years after the end of the Cold War, but the West I think and particularly the United States, our American friends, were dizzy with their success, with the success of their game that they were playing, a new empire.

“I don’t understand why you, the British, did not tell them, ‘Don’t think about empire, we know about empires, we know that all empires break up in the end, so why start again to create a new mess.”

You can hear the whole interview here.