How the Russians ended the Cold War. Despite Reagan!

This is getting to be to be a pattern.

Last month it was President Obama's mischaracterization of Muslim history and his assertion that we were in debt to Islam for Western culture. I wondered whether he really believed what he said, or was merely trying to imply it for political advantage.

And now the president is busily mischaracterizing the Cold War. To the Russians. You know, the guys who were our number one enemy during that period?

(Should I continue to give him the benefit of the doubt? I realize that there's a White House directive that what Barack Obama says should not be taken literally, but this is getting ridiculous.)

This morning Glenn Reynolds linked Claudia Rosett's analysis of the president's words:

In Obama's version of history, Soviet communism (which he referred to not by name but as "old political and economic restrictions") came to an end through some sort of brotherly mass movement: "The change did not come from any one nation," he told an audience of Russian students. "The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful."
Yeah, right. They just sort of sat down and decided to discard that evil old Communism stuff and be good!

As Rosett notes, the United States -- especially the noteworthy leadership of Ronald Reagan -- apparently does not fit into Barack Obama's Cold War narrative.

...missing from Obama's philosophy is the immense role played by the U.S. America stood for decades as a bulwark of freedom. Americans fought real wars in such places as Korea and Vietnam. Americans kept brilliantly alive a philosophy of democratic government and free markets, which offered a beacon to oppressed people of the world, and exported both ideas and inventions that have vastly enriched mankind. Following the fiascoes of Jimmy Carter--on whose watch the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and Iran had its Islamic revolution--Americans elected Ronald Reagan. His version of "reset" was to stop the appeasing and apologizing, and to reassert America's system as one of virtue and America's global role as one of both moral and military strength.
Yes, I lived through that period and remember it well. The fall of Communism (after years of a seemingly eternal Cold War) stands out as one of the most amazing events in my lifetime. For most Americans (even those who hated Ronald Reagan) it's been pretty much a no-brainer that Reagan's policies did more to bring an end to the Cold War than any other single factor.

"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall!"

That was in 1987 -- when Barack Obama was more than nine years old. In 1990, they did in fact tear down the wall, and Reagan was there again -- this time actually swinging a hammer at it.

ReaganWallHammer.jpg

I don't mean to dwell on old, well-known history, and normally I wouldn't. But ths time, President Obama's apparent disdain for history really got my attention. You'd think if there was one thing an American president should remember, it would be the end of the Cold War, and the vital role of the United States and Ronald Reagan during that period.

Still, everyone has memory lapses, and it must be tough to have to give a speech to a group of Russian students and make it mealy-mouthed enough not to offend them. I might have been inclined to stew silently over this if it hadn't been for something Rick Moran linked earlier in a post about Barack Obama's radicalism at Columbia.

The year was 1983. The "Tear Down This Wall" speech was four years away, and in an essay titled "BREAKING THE WAR MENTALITY," Barack Obama called Reagan "intransigent," saying that his policies could "bring about a dangerous rift" (doesn't that sound familiar?) and that he was playing into the Russians' hands.

The Reagan administration's stalling at the Geneva taIks on nuclear weapons has thus already caused severe tension and could ultimately bring about a dangerous rift between the United States and Western Europe. By being intransigent, Reagan is playing directly into the Russians' hands.
Riiight. That's why Communism collapsed.

Like Rick Moran, I realize that people change and sometimes get more sensible as they grow older. But right now I find myself wondering whether the above mindset might still be driving the Obama narrative.

Little wonder that in Obama's mind, the Russians must get the credit for having been the "peacemakers" all along.

No wonder he can't bear to mention Reagan or the United States.

posted by Eric on 07.09.09 at 04:00 PM










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Obama's self-chosen disability...

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semper fidelis
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Jim Baxter   ·  July 10, 2009 8:59 AM

Eric-

Actually, it wasn't the Russians or the USA. The Cold War was ended by the Nuclear Freeze movement!

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/10/30/an_inspiration_against_nuclear_arms/

Didn't you know that?

SteveBrooklineMA   ·  July 12, 2009 1:09 AM

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