Saturday, July 3, 2010

What Would Reagan Do?

The American Conservative's Jack Hunter quotes Peter Beinart's reminder that "on the ultimate test of hawkdom — the willingness to send U.S. troops into harm’s way — Reagan was no bird of prey" — Ronald Reagan: Hawk or Dove?

"He resorted to military force far less often than many of those who came before him or who have since occupied the Oval Office," said David Keene, quoted by George Will, quoted by Jack Hunter. "After the [1983] assault on the Marine barracks in Lebanon, it was questioning the wisdom of U.S. involvement that led Reagan to withdraw our troops rather than dig in," continued Mr. Keene. "He found no good strategic reason to give our regional enemies inviting U.S. targets. Can one imagine one of today’s neoconservative absolutists backing away from any fight anywhere?"

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Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

I think Reagan managed to create the impression that he was so willing to use nukes that a lot of the bad guys were really afraid of him -- they thought he'd REALLY do it!

I think that most of the Evil Ones in the world today are simply not afraid of Mr. Obama -- and they also found it hard to take seriously the Presidents before him.

But Reagan -- I think his enemies really believed all the things about him on 1980s punk records!

(for more info, see The Dead Kennedy's lyrics for "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now")

I can easily imagine various dictators listening to those songs and thinking: Wow, Reagan is really nuts! We better be careful!

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