During the height of the Cold War President Reagan invited up-and-coming Republican politicians to hear a speech by a five star NATO General about the problems of rampant alcoholism in the Soviet Union. In the audience was wannabe Prez George Bush Junior.
"In my opinion," said the General, "99.9% of Soviet misery is caused because at any one time half the country is drunk on cheap potato vodka...while the other half is thirsty."
"Sure as hell know in which half I'd rather be!" quipped Bush.
The rest is hystery.