Beware of the Reagan Hagiographers

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“It’s true enough that Reagan was a two-term Republican president, and he did have some foreign policy successes, but his overall foreign policy record is not as impressive or as world-changing as his fans have made it out to be. The man who foolishly intervened in Lebanon, backed Iraqi aggression against Iran, ran an illegal war against Nicaragua, and stoked many ugly civil wars in countries of little strategic value was hardly an ‘unequivocally successful’ foreign policy president. Reagan’s hagiographers have credited him with some of the successes of the president that followed him and overstated his role in bringing about the end of the Cold War. This is bad history and it is no guide for the present.” (05/19/23)