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Reaganís Lessons for Dealing with Russia
The American Conservative ^ | April 11, 2014 | PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Posted on 04/16/2014 2:27:27 AM PDT by kingattax

President Reagan was holding a meeting in the Cabinet Room on March 25, 1985, when Press Secretary Larry Speakes came over to me, as communications director, with a concern.

The White House was about to issue a statement on the killing of Major Arthur Nicholson, a U.S. army officer serving in East Germany. Maj. Nicholson had been shot in cold blood by a Russian soldier. Speakes thought the president’s statement, “This violence was unjustified,” was weak. I agreed. We interrupted the president, who reread the statement, then said go ahead with it.

What lay behind this Reagan decision not to express his own and his nation’s disgust and anger at this atrocity? Since taking office, Reagan had sought to engage Soviet leaders in negotiations, but, as he told me, “they keep dying on me.” Two weeks earlier, on March 10, 1985, Konstantin Chernenko, the third Soviet premier in Reagan’s term, had died, and the youngest member of the Politburo, Mikhail Gorbachev, had been named to succeed him. Believing Gorbachev had no role in the murder of Maj. Nicholson, and seeking a summit with the new Soviet leader to ease Cold War tensions, Reagan decided not to express what must have been in his heart.

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1 posted on 04/16/2014 2:27:27 AM PDT by kingattax
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Most observers now agree. There really has not been a respected US leader since Reagan. We miss his bold confidence in American exceptionalism and a bulwark against the likes of Putin. If Ronnie was made from steel, Obama is made from wet toilet paper...
2 posted on 04/16/2014 4:09:45 AM PDT by Netz
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Not ‘wet toilet paper’ but next TO it!


3 posted on 04/16/2014 4:16:05 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: kingattax
President Reagon made the Russians wet their pants.
4 posted on 04/16/2014 4:37:22 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: kingattax

I never forgot his murder.


5 posted on 04/16/2014 12:29:21 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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