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Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in International | 8 comments

Isn’t That Nice? (Guest Voice)

Isn’t That Nice?
by Michael Reagan

President Obama wants his dear friend Vlad the Russian not to worry about the details of how the American missile defense system in Europe will be designed and implemented.

Once he gets re-elected, the president said, he’ll have more “flexibility” to deal with Moscow’s concern that the missile system, which is intended to guard Europe from attack by rogue nations like Iran, is a threat to Russia’s strategic security.

Obama obviously didn’t want the American people or the rest of the world to hear what he said.

He was caught red-handed, as it were, when a private conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul was accidentally picked up by an open microphone.

Vladimir Putin, the president-elect of Russia (and the outoing prime minister), must be relieved and pulling for a big Obama win this fall. He also must be having a good laugh at the KGB’s favorite bar.

I hate to think what my father Ronald Reagan would think of Obama’s conversion with Medvedev and his Chicago-style negotiating technique, if that’s what it is.

In 1976, I asked my father why he wanted to be president of the United States. His answer was that for too long he had watched American presidents sit down with the general secretaries of the Soviet Union and give up something vital to our national interests just to get along with them.

My father said he was tired of it. He told me he wanted to be the first American president to say “nyet!” to a general secretary of the U.S.S.R.

Little did he know that in 1986 he’d be the president of the United States and be traveling to Reykjavik, Iceland, to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last general secretary of the Soviet Union.

At that summit, which included a series of one-on-one meetings between Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev, the major issue was reducing the superpowers’ nuclear stockpiles.

When Gorbachev said he would not sign on to my father’s Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) unless the United States mothballed the Strategic Defense Initiative missile defense shield, my father had his chance to say “nyet.” He said it and abruptly ended the meeting.

Ronald Reagan’s decision at Reykjavik initially was seen as a failure by all the experts, but it turned out to be a breakthrough. Gorbachev knew my father would never yield on SDI, which critics derided as “Star Wars.”

Three years later the Berlin Wall came down. In 1991 Gorbachev came to Washington and signed Ronald Reagan’s START agreement. And soon after, the Soviet Union was history.

Now it’s 2012 and we have a president of the United States thinking, once again, that if he gives Russia what its wants, it’ll be our friend.

But Putin is our enemy and the enemy of freedom. Anyone in his right mind can see that Russia is reconstituting its evil self and is a silent partner with Iran and the other terrorist operations in the world.

Yet our president is ready to kowtow to Putin and his government and give up a missile defense system that’ll benefit the rest of the world?

This kind of “thinking” is exactly what worried Ronald Reagan back in the 1970s and made him want to be president.

Our current commander in chief has everything backwards. Not only is he supporting our enemies and dissing our friends. Unlike Ronald Reagan, who always knew the Soviet Bloc was our enemy, Barack Obama believes the United States is the evil empire.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press, 2011). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at, or e-mail comments to [email protected]©2012 Mike Reagan. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by: Cagle Cartoons, Inc., newspaper syndicate. It is licensed to run on TMV in full.

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  • zephyr

    Snarky little stepson isn’t he. I’m sure his daddy said many things behind the scenes (as all presidents do) that little Mikey wasn’t privy to.

    “Barack Obama believes the United States is the evil empire.”

    Comments like that put him squarely into tin hat, kool-aid country. Get a real job Mikey.

  • Bob Munck

    Reagan would be proud of his adopted and seldom-seen son; he managed to avoid mentioning his father until the sixth paragraph, a new record.

    Imagine a Michael Reagan autobiography; the title would have to be something like The Life and Times of Ronald Reagan.

  • rudi

    In another post I commented on the neocons folly in regards to Iraq. What Ronnie JR fails to address is the upcoming election. A POTUS Romney would treat the Russians completely different than Obamama. Nothing can really get done till after the 2012 elections. I hope the Romney camp doesn’t do a Nixon Paris talks on this one.

    Claimed sabotage of negotiations by Nixon campaign

    Prior to the 1968 U.S. presidential election, some commentators have concluded from statements of President Johnson and other contemporary players, the Richard Nixon campaign set out to sabotage the Paris peace negotiations on Vietnam.[1][2][3] According to this account of events, representatives of Nixon privately assured the South Vietnamese government that an incoming Republican administration would offer them a better deal than would a Democratic one, and the South Vietnamese withdrew from the talks on the eve of the election, thereby disrupting the peace initiative on which the Democrats had based their campaign.[4][5][6] Before the elections, President Johnson suspected Richard Nixon of political sabotage that he called treason.[7][8] However, no one was criminally charged in the matter.[9][10][11]

  • StockBoyLA

    I had a comment written… seven short lines… but this is Michael Reagan and he never bothers to have a dialogue with anyone so why bother…. Other than to say that Michael is wrong.

  • cjjack

    Funny isn’t it?

    Just a few short years ago the President of the United States was palling around with his dear friend “Vlad the Russian” and nobody on the right wing – not even Michael “did I mention my dad was Ronald?” Reagan seemed to have much of a problem with it.

    Remember that? There was even a famous photo of “Vlad the Russian” in a white pick up truck having a grand old time with the President. Presumably they went on to a day of clearing brush on the ranch.

    Nobody on the right (to the best of my knowledge) accused Bush of “kowtowing” to Putin, or accused Putin of being “our enemy and the enemy of freedom,” and I’m also fairly certain nobody framed their cordial meeting in terms of the now long-dead Cold War.

    This is not the US vs “the Soviet Bloc.” The Soviet Bloc has not existed for a generation. There are Americans in college today that have no memory of the Soviet Union…it ceased to exist before they were born.

  • zephyr

    The selective amnesia is strong on the right cjj.

  • StockBoyLA

    Good point, cjjack. Dubya called Putin his friend and knew he could trust him after looking into his eyes. He also said it was time to put the Cold War in the past and work together as friends.

  • roro80

    Well, to be fair, cjj et al, Obama is a Muslim communist, while Dubya is a cowboy Evangelical you’d want to have a beer with. (Personally, I’d rather drink beer with someone who, um, drinks beer, but hey, each to his own!)

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