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A visit to the remote Reagan ranch in the mountains near Santa Barbara, California, on the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth set me thinking about Reagan’s foreign policy record.
Yet the American elite, and especially neoconservatives, regularly exaggerate the effect that U.S. policy has on other countries. Most great social transformations are internally driven. Yeahh, right, I'll remember you said that the next time one of you pinkos starts whining about Mossadegh, Suharto, or Allende.
In 1978 President Carter was presented with a CIA briefing on the viability of the USSR. This assessment stated that the USSR would collapse within 5 to 10 years, that the system clearly had failed, and that a vigilant watch was really all that was necessary to contain the Soviets. When he undertook this approach, he was called soft on commies by the right. When this approach played out during the Reagun Administration, the righties all claimed credit for Ronnie! No different that the righties claiming responsibility for our market turn around days after them taking the house! It's part of their game plan, and they are sticking with it...
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