Frank Warner notes one of the most famous/infamous things Ronald Reagan ever said:
“So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals I urge you to beware the temptation of pride – the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.”
The thing that gets me about some in the media asking “What if Bush was right?” about Iraq is the fact that most of them still don’t think Reagan was right about the USSR.
That morning, after Reagan left to deliver the speech, Edward Kennedy (D-Mass) had this to say:
“I wish that we had an administration that was more concerned with preventing nuclear war and less concerned in preparing for nuclear war.”
Oops. Well, Ed, you can’t get them all right.
I’d say that there’s a fair chance that in a couple of decades we’ll be recognizing the 20th anniversary of the ‘Axis of Evil’ speech, as well. And many of today’s Bush-haters will be saying “but the medieval governments in the Middle East would have collapsed on their own anyway” just like they pretend that the USSR would have floundered without any help from Reagan.
Go read Frank’s entire post.