Thursday, June 10, 2004

Why Stop there?

Ted Rall:
"Reagan was a public figure, and he was an idiot. And if he were around and lucid, he would probably say that it comes with the territory."

Timothy Noah:
"Reagan can probably claim some credit for ending the Cold War, but his principal weapon, characteristically, was spending—the Soviets bankrupted themselves trying to keep up with the Pentagon's weapons-buying binge through the 1980s. Reagan's greatest achievement in foreign affairs was therefore linked to his greatest achievement in domestic affairs. He taught Republicans that they could be even less responsible than Democrats.

Michael Stoops:
"Reagan really was a modern day Robin Hood in reverse — he stole from the poor and gave to the rich"

Roger Hickey:
"The tone has gotten more venomous, largely because of the people who came after Reagan and carried the Reagan banner [ . . . ] I give him full credit for unleashing the vast right-wing conspiracy."

Walter Shapiro:
"Let Ronald Reagan ride off into the sunset untroubled by fleeting memories of astrologers, smoke-and-mirrors budget arithmetic, and arms-for-hostages swaps. Dwell instead on those political tall timbers still standing, the heirs of Jefferson, Madison, and Lincoln....Only Jesse Jackson, still an acquired taste for most white Americans, can strike the kind of inspirational pose that one could imagine being immortalized in granite."

Fidel Castro:
``His apologists characterize him as the victor of the Cold War,'' the radio said. ``Those in the know knew that the reality was not so, but rather (he was) the destroyer of policies of detente in the overall quest for peace.''

Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Haitham al-Kilani:
"Reagan's role was bad for the Arab-Israeli conflict and was specifically against Syria. He was the victim of the Israeli right wing that was, and still is, dominating the White House[.]"

Chris Hitchens (again!)
I have been wondering ever since not just about the stupidity of American politics, but about the need of so many American intellectuals to prove themselves clever by showing that they are smarter than the latest idiot in power, or the latest Republican at any rate.

North Korean News Agency:
Pyongyang, June 7 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Sunday sent a message of greetings to Carl Gustaf, king of Sweden, on its national day. The message extended warm congratulations to the king and the people of Sweden and wholeheartedly wished Sweden prosperity.

Okay, the last one was just to highlight the fact that the KCNA hasn't even mentioned the passing of RWR. Hell, even Gaddafi mustered up enough to say that he should've been tried as a war criminal.
The long post today was going to be a defense of McCarthyism, but the possibility of highlighting the moronic inanity of the Anti-Reagan Left was just too good to pass up.


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