piece in Real Clear Politics this morning (my emphasis):
The 40th president’s caution calls into the question the
recent assertion by Texas Gov. Rick Perry in comparing Soviet Russia and
Iraq. Perry seems to be suggesting that Reagan would send troops back
into Iraq if he were in the White House today.
I believe this interpretation of Reagan's foreign policy is
incorrect. For that matter, so is Sen. Rand Paul's. But in this case
Perry is less correct than Paul. Reagan's foreign policy looked nothing
like George W. Bush's; the only other time Reagan committed ground
troops in eight years was in Grenada. But his foreign policy was not
piecemeal. Reagan’s theory was that the demise of the Soviet Union would
result in dominoes falling for freedom and indeed they did across much
of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact and the Baltics. He
also gave the Soviets frequent global tongue lashings, putting them in
the dock in the court of world opinion, especially after the murderous
shoot-down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983. Reagan understood
warfare took many forms.
Interpretation? Sheesh! Get over Him, will you? The Republicans are starting to remind me of the guy who can't stop talking about his glorious high school football career. Time to move on.