I think I’ve heard enough about how the partnership between Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher changed the world for the better. It’s true that there has been a certain amount of revisionism in recent years. We know now that Russia did not become a democracy, or anything like one. We know that as the Soviet Union disintegrated, a new range of problems was created that may never be resolved. We know that America as the resulting sole superpower, charged with preserving order in the world, had no idea what to do about Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya and only made things worse as it blundered on all fronts.

But acknowledging the fact that nearly everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong doesn’t stop true believers from heaping praise on the Big Three. It is as if the dreadful state of the world today has nothing to do with what happened in the past but is due entirely to a series of unfortunate events that could never have been predicted.