Skip to comments.Ronald Reagan kicking commie butt -- from Ann Coulter's "Treason"
Posted on 06/10/2004 7:13:14 PM PDT by doug from upland
(1981-1989) Under President Ronald Reagan, for the first time since the Russian Revolution, Communist countries began to become free. Not one country fell to Communism on Reagan's watch. Three Soviet-backed regimes began to crumble, one was taken back outright, and by the end of Reagan's presidency, the USSR was negotiating the terms of its surrender. In 1980, months before Reagan would be elected president, Harvard Sovietologist, Adam Ulam, remarked that the Soviets' expanding empire could not be stopped unless faced with "a power strong and determined enough to make Soviet foreign adventurism too risky and expensive." Under Ronald Reagan, America was that power. He came to the presidency announcing that the Soviet Union was an evil empire "whose last pages even now are being written." By the end of Reagan's second term, the last page had been written.
Reagan had always known he could destroy the Soviet Union if he could only be given two terms in the White House. In 1964, Holmes Tuttle, mapped out Reagan's future with mind-boggling accuracy: Reagan would run for governor of California in 1966, serve two terms, run for President in 1976, and "by 1985, with God's grace, Communism would be vanquished at home and abroad". Reagan was only four years late in fulfilling Tuttle's vision. Had Reagan won the Republican primary in 1976, America would have been accepting surrender from Konstantin Chernenko in 1985. Reagan was the first authentic conservative in the White House in more than fifty years. That's all it took.
Reagan had been floating the idea of victory for years. When he challenged President Ford in the 1976 Republican primary, he accused Ford of fighting the Cold War like a Democrat. Reagan attacked Ford's secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, with Vigor. In 1976, Kissinger said, "We cannot prevent the growth of Soviet power." Kissinger promoted "imperative of coexistence" and cautioned Americans not to "mesmerize themselves with the illusion of simple solutions."
Reagan had one of those "simple solutions". He thought we should win and the Soviets should lose. Detente, Reagan said, is "what a farmer has with his turkey - until Thanksgiving day."
President Ford had to then order his campaign to stop using the word "detente".
In his book,"Diplomacy", Kissinger stated that Reagan was the first American president to present "a direct moral challenge" to the Soviet Union - which he described as an "enormous difference" from prior administrations. As Reagan himself put it, "We want more than deterrence."
For every missile the Soviets built, Reagan built two, Despite liberal peace protesters, Reagan installed Pershing missiles in Europe. He invaded Communist-controlled Grenada, clearing out a nest of Marxists in a few days. He openly supported anti-communist forces around the world in angola, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Poland, and Nicaragua. Reagan provided aid to Solidarity, the anti-Communist union outlawed in Poland. Reagan relentlessly opposed Moscow in every part of the world. Aiding anti-Communist efforts abroad raised the price of Soviet expansionism and weakened the USSR militarily, economically, and psychologically.
The Kremlin couldn't compete with the Reagan buildup but Reagan made it worse. He imposed a trade imbargo on Russian goods. He deregulated oil and slashed the Carter-era inflation rate from 10.4 percent in 1980 to 4.2 percent in 1988. when oil prices plummeted under Reagan, the Soviets were strapped for hard currency. Still, the Soviet Union could have stumbled along for a few more decades, waiting out the Reagan administration and hoping for a Democrat president, but Reagan wasn't going to let the USSR outlast him.
The last great battle of the Cold War was fought at Reykjavik, Iceland on October 13, 1986. That was the day Reagan refused to accede to Mikhail Gorbachev's demand that the United States abandon the Strategic Defense Initiative. The Soviets were terrified of Star Wars. Without the credible threat of being able to launch a nuclear strike against the United States, the USSR was just another Third World country. Star Wars would make the USSR's nuclear weapons obsolete, making the Soviet Union no more threatening than Switzerland, and a less appealing place to live.
As he boarded Air Force One out of Reykjavik, Reagan said his aim was not agreement, but victory. The "ultimate goal of American foreign policy," he said, "is not just the prevention of war but the expansion of freedom."
--Taken from the book, "Treason", by Ann Coulter
Frankly, I think Anne does not have both oars in the water. And I say that as one who attended the same HS as she did. I think it best we distance ourselves from her nuttiness, and continue to support President Bush, who si the second coming of Ronald Reagan.
Anne says too many zany things for us to whole heartedly support her. There is a reason National Review ditched her after 9/11.
Guess she wouldn't date you in high school, huh?
Dang it. FReepers are finding all kinds of things that I just have to add to my profile or links page.
No! No! No! No! This excerpt comes from her book Treason. Slander was a different book entirely!
Th thought never even entered my mind.
Anne doesn't say anything zany. She says things that are not compromised by the disease of political correctness, the cancer of multiculturalism, and the fantasy of any 'new tone'.
Anne is fine just like she is.
Well...she does have great tie, flow and connecting lines.
Well my friend we will have to agree to disagree about Ms. Coulter.
Anyway, I have no truck with anyone who would date the son of the founder of Penthouse Magazine. I know the liberals say Penthouse is enlightened and progressive. But I think it is trashy.
Call me a prude if you will.....
Why is it that you think that someone must agree with everything someone else says or distance themselves from them? I do not agree with everything almost anyone says.
I think however that Ann Coulter writes well researched controversial books and columns. But anyone who has read TREASON would have to say she nailed what is going on concerning the Battle for Iraq and in the War on Terror in advance of them happening. The Dim nominee says the war on terror is a criminal justice issue. They do not want to defend the US. They do not love Islamo fascists as much as the loved communism but they certainly still refuse to support the US.
us? us? why do you people come over here n start with the us stuff?
didn't see you @the last ann coulter fan club meeting.
is there something wrong with you?
Ann Rocks! The truth bothers liberals.
You call yourself a fan? That picture is so small!
It's obvious that you are related to Chris Shays.
The rest of us in Ct think she is one fine person.
Anne is a commentator and a person who stimulates thought. She is not a politician nor a representative of the Republican party... although I wish she were, she would most likely tone down her commentary. Her wit is pointed like a sharp sword and the truth hurts the left far more than those of us in the right.
Well, I think you made a boo-boo here, Bubba. Seems like you are the only one who holds this opinion of Ann. Might be a good idea to just leave it alone.
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