One day back in 1985, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev were hanging out at the Geneva Summit. They had met to discuss how everyone was kinda over the whole Cold War thing and were hashing out how to put an end to it once and for all. During one of the summit breaks, they took a stroll together where they made a strange but hopefully lasting pact.
Better safe than sorry
For decades, no one knew exactly what the two men discussed during that fateful walk. That all changed during an interview with Charlie Rose in 2009.
It was then that Gorbachev revealed that Reagan straight up asked whether they could please set aside their differences in the event of an alien invasion.
Gorbachev outs Reagan’s alien obsession
As Gorbachev recounted the tale:
“From the fireside house, President Reagan suddenly said to me, ‘What would you do if the United States were suddenly attacked by someone from outer space? Would you help us?’
“I said, ‘No doubt about it.’”
“He said, ‘We too.’”
So what brought on Reagan’s super random request for reinforcements in case of alien invasion? Colin Powell once theorized that it may have been due to the President’s love of science fiction, particularly the book, The Day The Earth Stood Still.
May the force stay with us
Throughout Reagan’s presidency, his mild sci-fi addiction popped up in other areas as well. Reagan is said to have brought in sci-fi writers to brainstorm right alongside military leaders and scientists when it came to keeping the country secure.
President Reagan even launched a space-based Defense Initiative which aimed to provide a damn near impenetrable defense against intercontinental ballistic missile attack. It was consequently dubbed ‘Star Wars.’ No matter how random, let’s just hope that Russia holds up their end of the deal if aliens should ever decide to go all Independence Day on us.