Monday, May 19, 2008

Ronald Reagan, Appeaser

I thought this was a very fitting example of the stupidity lying at the heart of attacks on Obama as a "Chamberlain-like Appeaser" by the Preznit and John McCain. Not only is the attack irresponsible, in that it fosters an unnecessary disdain for the most human of all abilities to problem solve - talking - but in that it also contradicts the mythology of the Neo-Cons, that of Reagan as the Messiah, Ender of Cold Wars.

This is the same exact insult, grounded in the same war-cheerleading mentality, that was hurled by the extreme Far Right at Ronald Reagan in the 1980s because he sought to negotiate with that decade's Evil Empire. Conservative Caucus Chair Howard Phillips, for instance, "scorned President Reagan as 'a useful idiot for Kremlin propaganda,'" and published ads which, according to a January 20, 1988 UPI article (via LEXIS):

likens Reagan's signing of the INF Treaty to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's signing of an accord with Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler in 1938. The ad, with the headline, "Appeasement Is As Unwise In 1988 As In 1938," shows pictures of Chamberlain, Hitler, Reagan and Gorbachev overhung by an umbrella. Chamberlain carried an umbrella and it became a World War II symbol for appeasement.
According to the January 19, 1988 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, when Pat Robertson was campaigning for President in Missouri in 1988, he "suggested that President Ronald Reagan could be compared to Neville Chamberlain . . . by agreeing to a medium-range nuclear arms agreement with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev." The Orange Country Register editorialized in September, 1988 that "Ronald Reagan has become the Neville Chamberlain of the 1980s. The apparent peace of 1988 may be followed by the new wars of 1989 or 1990."
So, George and John, as my mother used to say... sit down and shut up.

2 comments:

  1. I've often been amused both that the cons/neo-cons have been so eager to falsely make their patron saint the main-cause and hero of the fall of communism, and that they are so opposed to the principles and tactics which were the most integral to what contribution Reagan did make to that fall. Good call in pointing their hypocrisy out.

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  2. It is good to see that someone is talking about the truth. These war-mongers (Neocons) have to be seen for what they are zealots and propagandist.

    Thanks
    A. Gaston

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