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Flashback: Reagan Flubs Reykjavik Summit
Rolling Stone ^ | December 4, 1986 | WILLIAM GREIDER

Posted on 07/16/2018 6:12:29 PM PDT by EdnaMode

To Ronald Reagan and his entourage, the summit meeting in Iceland looked like the perfect photo opportunity. Three weeks before the midterm elections, Reagan would be pictured shaking hands with the smiling Russian in his Fifties fedora. The president would be portrayed in the media as an earnest peacemaker, diligently searching for ways to end the nuclear-arms race.

This time, though, the photos turned out badly. When he emerged from his bargaining sessions with Mikhail Gorbachev, the president looked stung, like a small boy who had burned his fingers playing with a light socket. Reagan came home empty-handed from Iceland, and for once he was wearing the black hat — the man who said no to a historic opportunity. Confronted by the chance to become a genuine peacemaker, the president retreated in confusion. His image-makers had been overwhelmed by reality.

The Russians are still klutzy at public relations, but this Gorbachev plays a shrewd game of poker — and he won big at Reykjavik. The Soviet leader kept upping the ante, offering real concessions toward arms reductions, and the president, surprised and unprepared, played along. Let’s eliminate all of the medium-range nukes in Europe, Gorbachev suggested. Okay. How about a test-ban treaty? Sure, we can work it out. Let’s both agree to dismantle half of our long-range nuclear missiles over the next ten years. Done, said the president. Then the Gipper got so carried away, he tried to top Gorby. Let’s eliminate all of our nukes, he proposed. Why not? asked the smiling Russian.

(Excerpt) Read more at rollingstone.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gorbachev; mikhailgorbachev; reagan; ronaldreagan; thingsneverchange; wrongthenwrongnow
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Hmm it's almost like the leftist media is biased or something.
1 posted on 07/16/2018 6:12:30 PM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: EdnaMode

Five years later, the Soviet Union was no more.


2 posted on 07/16/2018 6:14:42 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Yes, Liberals, I question your patriotism)
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To: EdnaMode

I guess Reagan committed treason as well.


3 posted on 07/16/2018 6:15:42 PM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: EdnaMode

Are you kidding me? Reagan told him to F off.

The Russkies got NOTHING out of that meeting, and Gorby got tossed out by Yeltsin soon after.

Yeltsin, after coming to america and taking an unscheduled detour out of town to a random supermarket, said “The Russian people would RIOT if they saw all this”


4 posted on 07/16/2018 6:16:22 PM PDT by Mr. K (No consequence of repealing Obamacare is worse than Obamacare itself.)
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To: EdnaMode

This is now recognized as the moment when Reagan truly triumphed because he put truly significant arms reductions on the table, way more that Gorbachev was ready to accept. But a year later we had a major arms reduction treaty. Because Reagan “failed” and Reykjavik.


5 posted on 07/16/2018 6:16:46 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Russians couldnt have done a better job destroying sacred American institutions than Democrats have)
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To: pepsi_junkie

Let me ammend that. Reagan put big offers on the table and Gorbachev accepted IF we walked away from so-called Star Wars. Reagan said no. But within a year we got more than was proposed. Because Reagan “failed”


6 posted on 07/16/2018 6:18:52 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Russians couldnt have done a better job destroying sacred American institutions than Democrats have)
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To: EdnaMode

btt


7 posted on 07/16/2018 6:20:32 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY (The media is corrupt)
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Let me ammend that. Reagan put big offers on the table and Gorbachev accepted IF we walked away from so-called Star Wars. Reagan said no.

That's what I remembered....we wouldn't give up Star Wars. The Ruskies wanted that off the table.

8 posted on 07/16/2018 6:23:07 PM PDT by ealgeone
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To: pepsi_junkie

Yup. And Putin spoke of missile defense systems and SDI. We didnt cave then on these systems and we wont now.


9 posted on 07/16/2018 6:29:47 PM PDT by SueRae (An administration like no other.)
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To: EdnaMode

The feller that wrote this must have been stoned and rolling.


10 posted on 07/16/2018 6:30:20 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Wisdom and education are different things. Don't confuse them.)
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To: EdnaMode

Superb flashback. Worth reading the whole article.

Note that the author accidentally stumbles across Reagan’s real and ultimately successful plan to bankrupt communism, but naturally assumes that would be a bad thing

“The real impact of Star Wars would not be eternal peace but a dizzying new competition in arms. Wasteful. Damaging to our economy and theirs. “


11 posted on 07/16/2018 6:30:39 PM PDT by edwinland
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To: EdnaMode

Bwahahahaha


12 posted on 07/16/2018 6:41:46 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: EdnaMode

Rolling Stoned, enough ‘snnnnnnnniffffff whooooaaaa goodstufff maaaan’ said


13 posted on 07/16/2018 6:45:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Spygate's clock began in 2015 - what did President Obama know and when did he know it)
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Flashback: Reagan Flubs Reykjavik Summit

I had no idea there were two meetings. The one I recall had an entirely different result than this new one.

14 posted on 07/16/2018 6:47:19 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love Many, Trust Few, and Always Paddle Your Own Canoe)
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To: EdnaMode

This is BS. Maybe Gorby did engage in all sorts of delightful proposals, but in the end, he wanted us to stop SDI, and Reagan refused. Thus ended the summit.


15 posted on 07/16/2018 6:51:42 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks ( The US Constitution ....... Invented by geniuses and God .... Administered by morons ......)
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To: EdnaMode

That’s not what happened. Gorby tried to jam Reagan into some massive concessions on nuclear weapons. Reagan said Nope and went home to dinner with Nancy, leaving Gorby’s shorts down around his ankles.


16 posted on 07/16/2018 6:58:45 PM PDT by lurk
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To: ealgeone
That's what I remembered....we wouldn't give up Star Wars. The Ruskies wanted that off the table.

You're correct. I was there, working at SDIO. One of the proudest and most exciting periods of my life.

17 posted on 07/16/2018 7:20:07 PM PDT by Ace's Dad ("America is Great because America is Good " - Alexis de Tocqueville)
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To: EdnaMode

Great find.


18 posted on 07/16/2018 7:24:28 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: M. Thatcher

Who was it that once said, “History doesn’t repeat, but it sure does rhyme.”


19 posted on 07/16/2018 7:25:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Didn’t he tell Gorby to ‘tear down that wall’? And, it was done.


20 posted on 07/16/2018 7:28:17 PM PDT by Parmy
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