Dinesh D’Souza in th…
Dinesh D’Souza in the NY Post puts the lie to … well, just about every revisionist historian and pundit trying to deconstruct Reagan. An example:

WRITING on Ronald Reagan’s achievements in Newsweek, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. notes, “Reagan’s admirers contend that his costly re-armament program caused the Soviet collapse. Maybe so; but surely the thing that did in the Russians was that time had proved communism an economic, political and moral disaster.”

Funny: Here’s Schlesinger in 1982, observing that “Those in the United States who think the Soviet Union is on the verge of economic and social collapse” are “wishful thinkers who are only kidding themselves.”

Many historians and pundits have refused to credit Ronald Reagan’s policies for helping to bring about the Cold War victory, blaming communism’s chronic economic problems. Yet, like Scheslinger, they failed to describe it as inevitable while Reagan was actually in office.

There’s more. Lots more. D’Souza brings the point home that I mentioned before; the fall of the Soviet Union wasn’t just a chance occurrence that happened on Reagan’s watch.

These were not just results Reagan predicted. He intended the outcome. He implemented policies that were aimed at producing it. He was denounced for those policies. Still, in the end his objective was achieved.

Remember both these things–that the pundits were not predicting the fall of the Soviet Union, and Reagan was working toward that very goal–when you hear and read those who pretend otherwise.

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