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Larry Schweikart @LarrySchweikart
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1) A little reminder. When Ronald Reagan negotiated with the USSR, and insisted we had to negotiate from strength, the brilliant fake news organizations called it "a blunder" and "deplorable."
2) When Reagan negotiated for the release of Nicholas Daniloff, the ever idiotic George Will said the Reagan administration was "nothing but air."

3) In a hysterical claim, Time Mag said Reagan had "no blueprint, no grand design" to how he governed
4) US News & World Report said a Euro diplomat said "Gorbachev willswallow Reagan within half an hour."

5) Conservative Human Events said "The president can't get any plusses out of a summit."
6) New Republic said "The best Reagan can do is break even."

7) National Review predicted Reagan would sell out.
8) When Reagan threatened to walk away from a summit with Gorby, the Slimes said it was "entirely wrong" and "deplorable"

Al Gore said the decision was a "blunder" and would be "judged by history as his most serious mistake."
9) Chicago Tribune said Reagan's decision to walk away from a summit meant "it is highly unlikely there will be a new nuclear arms treaty" in Reagan's tenure.

10) When the Iceland meeting was back on, the Russkies thought they were in a position of strength.
10) contd. "The Americans need this meeting" Gorby said.

11) When Reagan got the deal for Damiloff, Sam Donaldson said "Why did you cave?' (as if Donaldson ever wanted a strong America)
12) National Review, as bad then as today, worried "Mr. Reagan now ssems more driven to reach an arms control agreement with the Soviets than he did during his first term."
13) "A lot of us were afraid that Reagan would be conned into giving away the store," Lyn Nofziger told William Rusher.

14) Only William F. Buckley saw through appearances: "Reagan is approaching the Iceland Summit knowing that he really has the cards."
15) Gorby thought he'd gain the upper hand by proposing a 50% cut in nukes.

Of course, Dutch was ready. When Gorby proposed 50%, the Gipper said "How about 100%?" Reagan said let's get rid of all of them. Gorby was shocked, outplayed, outfoxed.
16) Gorby being a good Commie, was also a good liar, and his real goal was SDI. Reagan wouldn't budge.

17) Reagan (to Schultz): "Let's go, George." Gorby pleaded. "What more could I have done?"

Reagan said, "You could have said yes."
18) Predictably, the London Telegraph called Iceland an "Arms Talk Disaster." But Charles WIck, head of the US Info Agency, said Reagan had just won the Cold War.

19) Privately, Gorby knew it. He said "It is a breakthrough."
20) James Schlesinger said Reagan "has clearly done more to weaken deterrance than did the US Catholic Bishops in their 1983 pastoral letter."
21) Supposedly conservative Human Events said "Conservatives Very Relieved by Close Call at Reykjavik" and Reagan "barely escaped with a full set of clothes."

22) Then as now the real issue is that Reagan did (and Trump does) things without a bunch of "arms control intellectuals
Conclusion: Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan was always thought to be in over his head in negotiating with the USSR, an amateur, when in fact he controlled everything, ran everything, and won everything.

Ditto for Trump.
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