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To: BobL
President Reagan sensed that the days of Eastern Europe living in prison camp was numbered. Even so, the State Department had fits, and the media (and maybe even me, back then) considered his words to be highly provocative.

On some issues Reagan used his advisers, but for important issues like this it was all him. He was a rarity.

5 posted on 06/12/2012 9:15:44 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

“On some issues Reagan used his advisers, but for important issues like this it was all him. He was a rarity.”

Yep, his ‘advisers’ practically did a group dive (without parachutes) off the Empire State Building when they heard those words. They were ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that the Soviets would never, ever, negotiate with us after such an outburst...how wrong they were.

President Reagan had to wait most of his life to get into a position where he could tell the Soviet leaders what he thought of them...he was not amount to let of metrosexuals at State stop him.


10 posted on 06/13/2012 3:53:07 AM PDT by BobL
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