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The Next Long War

President Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. While still disputed by Liberals and Communist sympathizers (more on them later), this fact is increasingly accepted by the American people and much of the Western World. I mention this at the start of this article, because while he was President, this conclusion was far from acknowledged. I remember the taunts that he sent troops to Grenada, because he could not win in Lebanon. I remember the claim that Reagan's tax cuts would cost the country's economy in the long run, or that Star Wars would provoke the Soviets into World War 3. Although anyone with a working knowledge of history understood that Stalin's acquisition of Eastern Europe was Act One of WW3; the 'Cold War' moniker cloaked the true nature of the conflict for many people.

Which brings me to the media. Flush from the propaganda victory which helped bring down South Vietnam, CBS led the way for the offensive against Reagan's defense of the United States. National Security became mocked as somehow an excess of government action or attention, and traditional values like Family and the expectation of Civility by public officials were targeted for ridicule and assault, as if the majority's interests were Unconstitutional. Indeed, the media assisted a number of lawsuits which claimed just that; only the fringe hold rights.

The Cold War therefore was a war with many fronts, some of them immediate and local, and the costs both real and personal for every American. The nation changed, sometimes for the better but not always, as it wrestled with the ideological enemy which began in Moscow, but which found allies even in American colleges. By 1980 Reagan faced a dire condition and a resolute enemy, yet when he left office the enemy was in full retreat. Reagan changed the world, and we all owe him a great debt and gratitude.

Yet there were other heroes of the Cold War, even among our Presidents. Because of his success as President, some people have wondered what if we had found a man like Reagan long before. What if a Reagan had been elected instead of Eisenhower in 1952, for instance. Yet even Reagan had his setbacks and defeats, and we cannot know that he would not have done, in Eisenhower's place, exactly as Ike did. The conditions each President faces are indeed unique, and we do well to consider what options were truly open to them. And with that in mind, I again turn to the first hero of the Gold War, Harry Truman. I say here, quite plainly, that there were aspects to Truman's Administration which I do not like at all, not least his partisan politics. Truman was a bitter enemy to most Republicans, and never made an effort to cooperate with the other party. Yet in the context of the Cold War, Truman has earned high marks from historians and people who understood the world he faced. Truman recognized, almost before anyone else, the ambition of Stalin and the Soviets, and he spared no effort or expense to protect the United States and the Western World from Global Communism. For his efforts, Truman was roundly criticized, even by his own party, and he did not run for re-election in 1952 in part because his own people deserted him. Yet Truman has been vindicated where the Cold War is concerned; he correctly measured the threat, and set up the defenses which made all the future efforts, including Reagan's victory, possible. The Cold War was never a one man show, and part of what makes Truman great, is that he understood that he would never receive his due credit for the initial defense, yet he took on the challenge without shirking.

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We see now another long war, and the man who first called us to defense also warned us that the fight would be long and difficult, enjoying victories but also suffering defeats, and sometimes those defeats would come from lowering our guard or from officials who take the easy road instead of meeting the call of duty. That President was falsely maligned for celebrating the success of one mission in the first campaign, his enemies pretending he was announcing the final victory prematurely. In so doing, these enemies gave aid and comfort to the very forces seeking the destruction of the West, as they showed the beginning of the relentless and often witless campaign to divide the American government against itself, a collection of Quislings willing to deny their own nation if it seemed they could personally profit by it. Major newspapers have deliberately and repeatedly revealed secrets which weakened the effort of our troops and the men who guard our nation. Major politicians have promised "support for the troops", only to public second-guess every strategy and tactic employed in the war when it became opportunistic for them to do so. Political rivals have purposefully blurred the priorities of the nation in order to recruit voters to their personal crew on a theme of "Blame Bush". And so just a few years after the swift destruction of Saddam's regime and the initial work to begin a new chapter in Middle East governance, where the people freely elect their representatives under a Constitution which protects rights and advances individual freedoms as a template for a brighter future, we see groups and demagogues tearing apart that promise in order to feed their own empires of greed and pride.

This has always been so. Not every man is willing to fight when needed by his country, and not every man who enjoys the freedoms and blessings of America is willing to support the ideals which brought those very freedoms about. Freedom is too much for some individuals, we are told. Once it was the country rube who supposedly could not understand the depth of a democratic republic, then we were told the black man could not be trusted with freedom. Then we were assured that women could not be trusted with the vote, or that minorities would ruin this nation if given equal standing with white men. Oddly, it is still the party which claims to represent the poor man, and the minority, which does the most to deprive them of equal position with the privileged men of old, just as historically that party did the most to prevent those rights in the first place. But there have always been such men. By the grace of God, however, America has also always been blessed with people who were willing to do whatever was necessary to advance Justice, Freedom, secure the lasting Peace, and to act in true Honor, even at terrible personal cost. By God's grace such a man still serves as our President.

It is our misfortune that after so long a war to defeat Communism, we are faced with yet another implacable enemy. It is hardly chance, however. Jackals have long been known to watch two powerful opponents fight, in hopes of picking off the survivor. And there are still many shards of the old Communist ideology still about, lusting to destroy the power which shattered Communism's hope for world dominance, and those men who most resemble the Champion who won that fight. It is, to my mind, a false assumption on the part of the Islamofascists that they defeated the Soviet Union, or that they can win the long war against the West. It is, however, also clear beyond doubting that they are willing to murder a billion people or more in hopes of that goal. Before this war is finished, Islam must utterly divest itself of the violence of Fascism, or else it must suffer the devastation its feral rogues hope to unleash on the world as a whole. This has been done before, of course. Germany was purged of Fascism, as were Italy and Japan, but each at a terrible cost. And though the world was spared the nuclear holocaust of a Soviet immolation, the cost in lives, pain, and loss was still very large for so many years.

Tonight President Bush will deliver his State of the Union address. It will sadly be necessary for the President to remind the nation that we are still at war. It is even more sad, that many will fail to accept that this war is necessary, indeed inevitable, that the United States is the defender of the Western World, or that the actions taken in Iraq since 2003 have been right and effective. Instead of considering the President's message thoughtfully, the opponents of the President will instead deliver a rhetorical knee-jerk response which ignores Reality, assists the enemies of America, and dismays the public who trust the government to speak plainly to them about what is going on. The media will do what it does best and most commonly; praise themselves as the true "experts", and lie about President Bush in order to create a conflict about which they can report. And in so doing they will make the war longer, harder, and more costly.

In the end, I still believe the United States will prevail. God has blessed this country for a reason, and that reason, indeed God Himself, is unknown to the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to Sam Brownback and Arlen Specter. It would not be right or fair to claim that God is a Republican, and He certainly is no Democrat. Yet it would be correct to suggest that in this war, He is the sure Defender of America, because of the ideals of America, and those who do His work are His allies.



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Your article has to be one ... (Below threshold)
freetoken:

Your article has to be one of the more offensive to be seen in the center to right blogospheres in the past couple of days. Simply because it brings arrogance to a new height of satiety.

To say Reagan won the cold war is to attribute to one man the work of millions around the globe; he was a figure-head who did his part, for which he is rightly commended. But that is all he did, his job.

Likewise, your American-religion is repugnant to *any* theistic religion, all the more so to Christianity. It is simply idolatry, but dressed up so well you do not recognize it as so.

Your article has to be ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Your article has to be one of the more offensive to be seen in the center to right blogospheres in the past couple of days

Another leftie is offended by something. Alert the media.

Ever seen one happy for mor... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Ever seen one happy for more than a few minutes?

Of course God is a white ma... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

Of course God is a white male Republican, how dare you suggest otherwise??

This article is really funny, but not in the way you intended.

It also really shows the mindset of the 30% defenders of Dear Leader.

I'm sure the regulars here will hang on every word fumbled from Dear Leader tonight, and they will clap very loudly for the Glorious Dear Leader.

Also I wonder, if this War ... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

Also I wonder, if this War on Tarra is some vast epic struggle for survival and all that paranoid winger crap, then why oh why did the Bush Administration brush off every single military expert who told them it would take 300-400K troops to do the job? Why did they not read the Army's College of War assesment on Iraq and what it would take to get it done? Why did they not bother getting an international coalition together? Why did they listen to the neocon chickenshits who never served who said things like '100000 troops would be wildly off the mark' to keep order in Iraq? Why didn't they have even a basic plan once they invaded?

You'd think if it was as serious as they present it, they would have taken the proper steps to get the job done the right way

But not for the boy wonder president. Nope, you see, he's a gut leader, he leads by his gut as he says. Once his pea brain is made up, or made up for him by Unka Dick, then his stubborn petulance forbids him from every having a single moment of self reflection, or dare I say doubt about his actions.

Nope, only pussies think twice. Real men shoot first and ask questions never.

This post exposes the myth ... (Below threshold)
Frank:

This post exposes the myth that Wizbang is a "center-right" blog once and for all.

Welcome to the loony right fringe. Welcome to the bottom 20% who "strongly support" this president and his disastrous prosecution of the War on Terror.

Almost 6 years after 9-11, Al Qaeda remains operationaly strong, Iran's brazeness continues to grow, Bagdhad is in flames, the Taliban remain in Afghanistan and absolutely every assumption made by the president and every single one of his war planners has been wrong, yet we're supposed to fall in line and keep quiet lest we give "aid and comfort" to the enemy.

Scary stuff.

"The media will do what it ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"The media will do what it does best and most commonly; praise themselves as the true "experts", and lie about President Bush in order to create a conflict about which they can report. And in so doing they will make the war longer, harder, and more costly."

To bad we don't have a modern day Goebbels to control the release of information to the public, oh wait, we have Tony Snow.

It's not that the country n... (Below threshold)

It's not that the country needs to be reminded that we are at war with terrorists... it is simply that we don't think that being in Iraq, having our guys die to keep Iraqis from killing one another, is a particularly good or appropriate use of our troops. And no matter how much the water carriers such as DJ carry on about how stupid or treasonous we are, we aren't going to agree that sticking around in Iraq has benefits worth the cost.

Your article has to be ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Your article has to be one of the more offensive to be seen in the center to right blogospheres in the past couple of days. Simply because it brings arrogance to a new height of satiety.

To say Reagan won the cold war is to attribute to one man the work of millions around the globe; he was a figure-head who did his part, for which he is rightly commended. But that is all he did, his job.

by freetoken on January 23, 2007 3:17 PM

Behold, its a forerunner of BDS, Reagan Derangement Syndrome (RDS).

Snark aside, while it's true Reagan wasn't alone in toppling the communist regime in Russia he led the offensive.

Who would you suggest did more "freetoken? Did any of the European leaders of the time have the unmitigated audacity to stand before the wall and demand it be torn down?

How about NATO or the individual armies of Europe? Would they have succeeded in either military or political methods to face down the threat?

Without the thousands of US troops and weapons in Europe, all of which increased under Reagan, NATO was a feckless shell.

And remains so today considering many of the NATO nations have placed certain restrictions on their forces in Afghanistan to the point of not being able to shoot back when fired upon. Then there is the Balkans were they sat back and let the US handle 90% percent of the cost.

So freetoken... who did more other than your collective "millions around the globe?"

Your article has to be ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Your article has to be one of the more offensive to be seen in the center to right blogospheres in the past couple of days. Simply because it brings arrogance to a new height of satiety.

To say Reagan won the cold war is to attribute to one man the work of millions around the globe; he was a figure-head who did his part, for which he is rightly commended. But that is all he did, his job.

by freetoken on January 23, 2007 3:17 PM

Behold, its a forerunner of BDS, Reagan Derangement Syndrome (RDS).

Snark aside, while it's true Reagan wasn't alone in toppling the communist regime in Russia he led the offensive.

Who would you suggest did more "freetoken? Did any of the European leaders of the time have the unmitigated audacity to stand before the wall and demand it be torn down?

How about NATO or the individual armies of Europe? Would they have succeeded in either military or political methods to face down the threat?

Without the thousands of US troops and weapons in Europe, all of which increased under Reagan, NATO was a feckless shell.

And remains so today considering many of the NATO nations have placed certain restrictions on their forces in Afghanistan to the point of not being able to shoot back when fired upon. Then there is the Balkans were they sat back and let the US handle 90% percent of the cost.

So freetoken... who did more other than your collective "millions around the globe?"

Good thing we have Rush Lim... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Good thing we have Rush Limbaugh to counter the "drive-by" media.

I can't wait to hear Rush rip into the President for falling in with the Al Gore/Michael Moore crowd.

SOTU Address Briefs (from WH)
The President's Plan Will Help Confront Climate Change By Stopping The Projected Growth Of Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Cars, Light Trucks, And SUVs Within 10 Years.

According to Rush, we have no effect on climate, so why does the President we can control global warming by limiting carbon emissions?

Jo - the truth is ... I am ... (Below threshold)
freetoken:

Jo - the truth is ... I am hardly a left winger. But I am not blind to what is clearly a deeply held idolatry.

The essay at hand is incredibly narrowly focused in looking at cause and effect, whether in relation to the Cold War, the current W.o.T., or the role of the US in world affairs (and even in God's affairs.)

To place the US at the heart of a Divine plan for nations is often trodden out in some circles labeled "right wing", so anyone who opposes it I suppose will get tagged as a "leftie"... well, so be it if you must view the world that way.

It wouldn't be such a big deal if we were merely arguing over history points... but the proposition espoused in the essay relates to how we should conduct our current and future affairs, too.

If the author (and many others who stop by this blog) wish to see themselves as the saviour to rescue humanity from Islamofascism - you are deluded. Simply put, Islam has been growing, sometimes violently, for 13 centuries. To try and fight that with slogans is foolish.

The W.o.T. is not the Cold War. Analogies to the Cold War are of limited use to the W.o.T.

The W.o.T. doesn't even fit well the concept of 'war' as thought of between nation states, as our mindsets have been programmed to do for the last 4 centuries.

E.g., rather than Reagan, the Presidents to investigate are JFK and Nixon. The first for strong backbone, the latter for his diplomacy (believe it or not.) It took both to fight the 5 decade long Cold War. Neither of them were saints, or claimed any special ordination from God.

As for statements such as "God Himself, is unknown to the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to Sam Brownback and Arlen Specter" ... that is a demonstration of tremendous arrogance on the part of Mr. Drummond. It is a form of idolatry that sets oneself upon the throne and states who does and does not know God. Wizbang does not know, cannot know, whatever future has been Divined for those 4 individuals.

Yeah, nobody disputes that ... (Below threshold)
Wilbur:

Yeah, nobody disputes that Reagan won the cold war, except for deranged lefties like... Gerry Ford

Boy DJ, you sure got slamme... (Below threshold)
CSK:

Boy DJ, you sure got slammed for this one. I think its a great piece, myself. Bush is basically fighting this war alone , and I support him 100%. Of course he's made mistakes. I don't have a problem with that. As long as he continues to lead the fight to keep me free, I'm going to support him. It's unfortunate that all those who don't support our fight for freedom and western civilization will also enjoy this freedom, and will most likely not even realize from whence it comes. Since he is so villified, I hope that he says 'the hell with my popularity ratings, I'm going to do the job that needs to be done', and continues to fight for America as best he can. There are still a few Americans with their eyes open.

Who did more than Ronald Re... (Below threshold)
John Casey:

Who did more than Ronald Reagan to end the Cold War?

Mikhail Gorbachev, that's who.

The regimes of Eastern Europe collapsed when MG made it clear that the Soviet army would not act to defend them any longer. Just as the Soviet Union collapsed when MG declined to use the organs of the state (KGB and military) to sustain it. I doubt very much that the final result was desired or intended by MG, but had he acted differently, the process might have failed, and certainly would have been significantly bloodier.

Star Wars? no significant role. Reagan rhetoric? enthusiastically received by Republican loyalists, but immaterial to those who remembered Hungary '56 and Czechoslovakia '68.

This would be laughable in ... (Below threshold)
Wellstone:

This would be laughable in its naivete and delusion,if it were not scary.

It is a triumph of right-wing indoctrination. The writeer REALLY believes the pap and distrtions which have been pounded out by the right-wing propaganda machine these last twenty years.

Luckily, America has left these deluded wingnuts behind: Bush's 28% approval rating shows us people now know how to use GOOGLE to check facts, and do not rely on RUshbo and Sean Hannity to tell them what to believe.

The world had passed you by, you imbecile. Try not to drool on computer keyboard when you begin your slow and painful march back to reality.

Marc - get a grip... couple... (Below threshold)
Kevin:

Marc - get a grip... couple of simple questions you can answer yourself that will further deflate (sorry) this mythical image of Ronnie...

1. Were the troops and Nato engaged in fighting the Cold War before Reagan?

2. Did the new spending he initiated directly result in the instant bankrupting of the Soviet economy?

As noted... get a grip. Saying Reagan single-handedly won the cold war is illogical and factually incorrect.

Armstrong and Henderson had... (Below threshold)
C.S.Strowbridge:

Armstrong and Henderson had more to do with the fail of the USSR than Reagan did.

What ended the cold war was... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

What ended the cold war was we were able to go in debt over defense expenditures more than the Russians whose socialist ideals fell apart..(how can a nation with primitive plumbing ever have been a real threat)
By the time the Berlin Wall fell our Prez was already stricken with the horrible Alz's...
It was in fact Gorby who recognized the failure of the Communist System and put the wishes and welfare of his people first..
Not to be confused with our current President who could give a s**t about what the majority of Americans think.

Nogo: how can a nation w... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Nogo: how can a nation with primitive plumbing ever have been a real threat. Because they spent their capital on a military and little else. Were willing to use that military to invade and conquer their neighbors, only stopping when they ran up against those who were able to defend themselves. Or who had friends standing behind them willing to help secure their freedoms.
Also, nogo, why do you think "Gorby" recognized the Soviet Union was doomed to failure? Who made it US policy to never allow the Soviets to gain an upper hand?
And not to forget people like Pope John Paul II, God rest his soul, who encouraged the nations under Russia's thumb to squirm and resist at every turn.
Or PM Thatcher, who stood firm and made it clear that there were lines that the Soviets could no cross without consequence.
These men and women did not win the war themselves, but they certainly lead by example how it had to be done.

DJ writes;<blockquote... (Below threshold)
John:

DJ writes;

President Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. While still disputed by Liberals and Communist sympathizers (more on them later), this fact is increasingly accepted by the American people and much of the Western World.

The late President Gerald Ford didn't buy this argument. In interviews released after his death he was reported as saying Reagan got more credit than he deserved for winning the cold war.

Last I checked, Ford was neither a Liberal or Communist sympathizer...

I couldn't even get past the first paragraph of your article, after an opening premise like this.

wow...the mental derangemen... (Below threshold)

wow...the mental derangement of reagen-lusters is amazing to behold. the man is single-handedly responsible for something, sure, but it wasn't "winning" the cold war against a collapsing soviet regime. it was turning his back on millions upon millions of people, when he was basically the only person in the world in a position to stop the AIDS epidemic. That is why he'd be burning in hell if there was one. if you're a christian, you believe in aiding the afflicted, no?

he let them die.

he's easily in the top ten most repulsive people of the last century list. rot in the ground, ronny.

I for one do not understand... (Below threshold)
UncleZeb:

I for one do not understand those who do not recognize the struggle we are in today. It is obvious that there is a large population of fanatical Muslims that want to kill us or convert us. This is not propaganda it is a fact. Would you rather have Hillary or even Bill heading up this war? At least our current President can make a decision and knows what the potential out come is if we do lose. I am not as thrilled with Bush as you would think but the Gore etc alternative are chilling. Get your head out of your ass before it is placed there permanently by someone speaking farsi.

And another thing, this cra... (Below threshold)
UncleZeb:

And another thing, this crap about Reagan being the only person to stop The Aids is ridiculous. It was obvious early on that the ones most at risk were those that were making lifestyle choices. Still is that way.

What amuses me the most is ... (Below threshold)

What amuses me the most is all this name-calling, predictable dredge from the Left, and how little of the article in toto you addressed.

You hate Bush. We knew that already.

You hate Reagan. We knew that already as well.

I recall Reagan and support Bush, so you definitely hate me. Annnnnd the sun comes up in the morning, what else is new?

Who, I wonder, will have the nerve to address the rest of the post, you know, the part directly related to the title? All these whines I read so far, are like a student doing a report on a book by talking about the cover and the pictures.

To say Reagan won the co... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

To say Reagan won the cold war is to attribute to one man the work of millions around the globe; he was a figure-head who did his part, for which he is rightly commended. But that is all he did, his job.

His actions --- which the left opposed VEHEMENTLY --- led to the end. He, Thatcher, and the Pope did what the Left internationally didn't want to happen.

He deserves more respect and praise than we can hope to give him. Reagan was the greatest liberator of people in US history.

Mikhail Gorbachev, that's who.

The regimes of Eastern Europe collapsed when MG made it clear that the Soviet army would not act to defend them any longer.

That's funny. The Cold War ended IN SPITE of Gorbachev, not because of.

The left's love affair with tyrants is still alive and well.

it was turning his back on millions upon millions of people, when he was basically the only person in the world in a position to stop the AIDS epidemic. That is why he'd be burning in hell if there was one. if you're a christian, you believe in aiding the afflicted, no?

Reagan kept the bath houses open against the advice of public health officials? Reagan produced a climate of mind-numbing arrogance that any STD can be treated with medication without any major problems? Reagan was the one who fought the "witch hunt" of trying to figure out who "Patient Zero" was in a study of the spread of the infection?

Really? Wow.

You are, seriously, a loathesome troll. Too moronic to understand basic history outside of what moronic AIDS activists who don't know the first thing about reality either tell you. You are a mind-numbed sheep and, hopefully, unable to procreate to spare humanity a further dumbing down of the gene pool.

Reagan spent on the disease to a level that FAR exceeded its actual threat.

he's easily in the top ten most repulsive people of the last century list. rot in the ground, ronny.

Ask the hate site you came from for the remainder of the list.

Reagan only freed hundreds of millions from Communist tyranny. You, on the other hand, embarrass your family with your continued existence.
-=Mike

DJ, aren't you wondering wh... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

DJ, aren't you wondering what whackjob leftie site linked to this piece?

I know I am.
-=Mike

This makes no sense.... (Below threshold)

This makes no sense.

Oh, these dunces go to the ... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Oh, these dunces go to the site of the nigh-useless Willis site. I suppose if I had slightly more head trauma, I could stomach it.

Now would the sheep go back home?
-=Mike

It just kills the lefties t... (Below threshold)
Jo:

It just kills the lefties that americans think Reagan was one of the greatest presidents ever, even after all the liberal's attempts at revisionist history that never took.

Read it and weep you loons. Yeeeeehaw!

Nope, Reagan didn't win the... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Nope, Reagan didn't win the Cold War. It's ridiculous to think of the Cold War being "won" or "lost" rather than merely "ended." But if one must ascribe victory to a single individual (again ridiculous), the victor must be Mikhail Gorbachev, you know, the guy who won the Nobel Peace Prize for Glasnost, Perestroika, and letting Eastern Europe go free, the dude that was Time Magazine's Man of the DECADE.

Reagan, though, can take responsibility for Iran-Contra, violating the Boland Amendment, and the mining of Nicaragua's harbors in violation of international law, all of which he should have been impeached, convicted, and thrown in prison for.

Jeebus who gave the keys to... (Below threshold)
marc:

Jeebus who gave the keys to the inmates!

turning his back on millions upon millions of people, when he was basically the only person in the world in a position to stop the AIDS epidemic. That is why he'd be burning in hell if there was one. if you're a christian, you believe in aiding the afflicted, no?

he let them die.

he's easily in the top ten most repulsive people of the last century list. rot in the ground, ronny.
:: by bread on January 23, 2007 7:40 PM ::

Only person in the world? Wow..just WOW.

Delusional statement considering no one including each US president, to each and every leader of European society, to every educated doctor and AIDS researcher haven't been able to find a cure to this day.

"bread" just what magic elixir did Reagan take to his grave? Was it bottle or pill form?

Are you really claiming tha... (Below threshold)
Chris:

Are you really claiming that Truman didn't run because his party didn't like the way he was opposing the Soviet Union? Have you ever heard of the Korean War? Not to mention that Truman had huge corruption problems in his administration, and he was known as being soft on communism. You really pulled your whole essay out of your ass, didn't you?

And do you really claim that a US President can take office, and a few years later the second largest superpower in the world would crumble because of his policies? Do you really think history happens that quickly? As someone else suggesed, Gorbachev was primarily responsible for the end of the Cold War. The Soviet Union was rotting from the inside economically long before Reagan took office.

I realize a lot of you folks think that anyone who opposes one of your heroes must be deranged, but I do actually give Reagan credit for the spirit of optimism he brought to the office. I think the country really took to it. But that doesn't make him Superman. And really, he had the "audacity" to come out against the Berlin Wall? I guess the whole rest of the world thought the Berlin Wall was a swell idea. I understand he was also strongly opposed to child abuse. That's really going out on a limb.

Margaret Thatcher was at a conference at Yale a few years ago, along with several leaders of the Polish Solidarity movement. She told the group "Make no mistake, Ronald Reagan and I are responsible for the end of the Cold War." The Solidarity guys burst into laughter.

The point being, credit goes to the heroes within the Eastern Bloc countries who risked their lives to bring about change. Reagan didn't let up the pressure, but to give him credit for winning the Cold War is just more Republican triumphalism.

And this quote from CSK is piceless: "Bush is basically fighting this war alone." So by my count that means he's been killed more than 3,000 times. Face it, the only fighting Bush has ever done is the drunken brawl with his Dad.

Chris you are right on some... (Below threshold)
chuck:

Chris you are right on some things but I must take issue with your conclusion that Bush only had a drunken brawl with his father and that it was his only one. His first known sexual experience came about after a severe argument and beating involving his mother. I know what you're thinking now that I said that but, Junior has said she wasn't that drunk and he just decided to lay back, not get beaten any further and just enjoy the moment.

Must be a full moon. The mo... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Must be a full moon. The moonbat are out in force tonight.

You hate Bush. We knew t... (Below threshold)
Wilbur:

You hate Bush. We knew that already.

No, we hate his policies and his conduct in office, and with good reason.

You hate Reagan. We knew that already as well.

Actually, the longer Bush is president, the better we like Ronnie. Come back Ron! All is forgiven!

I recall Reagan and support Bush, so you definitely hate me. Annnnnd the sun comes up in the morning, what else is new?

And there's something new and exciting about what you wrote here?

Who, I wonder, will have the nerve to address the rest of the post, you know, the part directly related to the title?

Write something that's not trite and pompous at the same time and we might be interested.

Not every man is willing... (Below threshold)
lib4:

Not every man is willing to fight when needed by his country, and not every man who enjoys the freedoms and blessings of America is willing to support the ideals which brought those very freedoms about.

Truer words could not be spoken of Bush and Cheney....thanks Wizbang

Who, I wonder, will have... (Below threshold)

Who, I wonder, will have the nerve to address the rest of the post, you know, the part directly related to the title?

No one addresses your post because, to paraphrase gertrude Stein, there's no "there" there. It's just a collection of poorly-written bromides. Write something that is clear and interesting and you'll get clear and interesting comments.

As for all your Reagan worshipers, I just want to know what was your FAVORITE part of the Reagan years:

Funding the rape squads in El Salvador?

His tireless support of apartheid?

Arming Saddam?

Arming bin Laden?

The massive deficit that Clinton had to fix?

Article Abstract.E... (Below threshold)
bobo:

Article Abstract.

Everything conservatives have ever thought or done, are thinking or doing, or ever will think or do is right. Everything anyone else thinks or does, has thought or done, or ever will think or do is just wrong.

Christ, it's like an eight year old boy gushing about his favorite sports team. How about trying to be a grown man that looks at what's best for your family and country instead of crying about how your "team" was done wrong by the bad old media.

God forbid you rationally look at Bush's policies. They failed on thier own right.

And by the way how can you have this crucifixtion complex when the American people GAVE Bush the benefit of the doubt by giving him a second term he really didn't deserve.

Grow the hell up.

Bobo

You panty waist codpiece wo... (Below threshold)
merlallen:

You panty waist codpiece worshippers are pathetic? BDS. Clinton, Clinton, Clinton. I'll bet you fools are foaming at the mouth now. Worthless bunch of pussies.




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