Halsy: "Ended the cold war? Regan PROLONGED the cold war. The Soviet Union would have ended much sooner were it not for the gipper and his stupid 'evil empire' cowboy politicking."
Tell it to the Russians, none of whom agree with a word of that. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20764-2004Jun6.html
"Regan [sic] prolonged the cold war" may be the most amusingly groundless assertion I've ever read about the late President."He was also the one who cut servicing the debt to 60%, ran up a massive deficit, high unemployment and greatly increased poverty."
Unemployment, the poverty rate, interest rates and inflation all dropped under Reagan. The economy experienced the then-longest peace-time expansion since the end of WWII."Don't forget Iran Contra. After Nicaragua took the U.S. to the world court and won their case when America was endicted for terrorism, what was Regan's response? They dismissed the ruling out of hand and escalated the war."
And when the war ended, the Nicaraguans overwhelmingly elected the party identifed with the Contras. But who cares what the Nicaraguan people themselves thought. According to the way leftists and Democrats think, that just makes the Nicaraguans wrong."Anyone that would celebrate that mass murderer may as well toast Hitler while they're at as well."
It's interesting that Reagan is/was popular among Eastern Europeans who suffered under both Nazi and Soviet oppression. Maybe they understand his place in history better than you.