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  8. leftwingpatriot commented on Doonesbury about 12 hours ago


    The first job of the President is Commander-in-Chief. Being “peaceable” is a luxury that sometimes is not available.
    Remember, Carter’s National Security Adviser was Zbigniew Brzezinski, a man who was compared to Darth Vader when “Star Wars” was still fresh in people’s minds.
    As for how much credit Reagan deserves for the fall of the Soviet Union, we will have to agree to disagree.
    It was John Foster Dulles who opposed a plan for a free election in Vietnam. The North also violated the agreement. No innocent parties.

    Neither one of us is going to change other’s views but I still enjoy our exchanges.

  9. leftwingpatriot commented on Doonesbury about 13 hours ago

    You said:

    Portugal considered it a state like we do Hawai’i.
    The Soviets stirred up their nationalism, leading to Portugal cutting political ties and then the civil war which followed. And treaties which shored up an unpopular government with Cuban soldiers in exchange for the fishing rights which would have easily fed the people and given them something for trade.
    You are saying if we had interfered the right way Vietnam could’ve been OUR puppet? Remember the nation was divided by the request of Soviets as reward for declaring war on Japan between nuclear bombings after they had killed previous peace overtures from Japan who made the mistake of thinking that they were a neutral party and would pass along the offers. The Soviets WANTED us to kill each other.
    They picked sides when the winner was obvious so they could get their share of the spoils and expand their power.
    Folks might not have wanted Pol Pot, but he was supported in coming to power by Soviet support. They thrived on the destruction they caused.
    Turning a blind or even condimnatory eye wouldn’t have stopped it. They had to be convinced they should stop.
    Carter — for all his virtues — didn’t.
    Reagan for all his faults – did.

    The French felt the same way about Algeria that Portuguese felt about Angola but 90% of Algerians did not enjoy French citizenship. Guess why not?
    How many African Angolans served in the Portuguese Parliament? The Soviets took advantage of Angolan nationalism but they didn’t need to stir it. Angola wasn’t the only Portuguese colony that was rebelling;Mozambique was also rebelling against colonial power.
    It was the Portuguese army that decided to rebel against its own government’s policies and staged the Carnation Revolution.

    Vietnam was not divided at a request by the Soviets - Korea was. Vietnam was divided in 1954 after the Geneva accord, with intent of unification after free elections that the US opposed.
    You don’t see me criticizing US policy in Korea because the US and it’s allies were clearly in the right in repelling the invasion by the puppet North Korean regime.

    As for Pol Pot, history speaks for itself. We know who drove him out of power and ended the killing fields. If he was anybody’s puppet or client, it was probably China.

    The Carter Administration started supplying support to the Afghan rebels long before Reagan came to office.
    Again, the Soviets were not as strong as many believed. Many expected the Soviets to try to take over Yugoslavia in 1980 after Tito died but the invasion never came.

    You give Reagan credit for ending the Soviet Union. Would the Soviet Union have come to an end if someone other than Gorbachev had been chosen the leader in 1985?
    The first thing Gorbachev did was replace Andrei Gromyko as foreign minister. Gromyko had been a shill for the Soviet Union since the 1930s (he started out as a driver at Soviet Embassy in Washington DC). He replaced him with Eduard Shevarnadze, a man with no foreign experience but who shared Gorbachev’s belief that the USSR desperately needed reform.
    Let’s say the Communist Party had chosen someone in the mold of Brezhnev or Andropov, would there have been rebellions in Eastern Europe? Would the Berlin Wall come down?
    I look at Reagan as a very effective politician. I admire the ability he had to deliver a clear vision of his ideas and beliefs but he did not bring down the USSR single-handled.
    Let’s start with Truman and creation of National Security apparatus — the Marshall Plan, Berlin Air Lift, CIA, NATO. All these events and institutions kept the USSR in check. Containment was an effective policy.

  10. leftwingpatriot commented on Doonesbury about 15 hours ago


    Never underestimate the importance of a

    good drummer.