Yglesias

Appeasement History

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A nice item from Fareed Zakaria on conservative charging Ronald Reagan with “appeasement” for sitting down with Soviet leaders and how that seems to have worked out okay:

That’s via Andrew. One thing I say in my book and that I’ve especially tried to emphasize in book talks I’ve given is that the country was basically fortunate during the Cold War years in that at key moments Republican Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan wound up rejecting the advice of the conservative movement that brought them to power — Ike in rejecting “rollback,” Nixon in pursuing d├ętente, and Reagan in sitting down with Gorbachev — whereas George W. Bush has come much closer to hewing to the straight conservative ideal and the results have been disastrous.