Former U.S. attorney general Edwin Meese II slammed President Barack Obama’s recent explanation of the way the Cold War ended, calling it ill-informed and insulting to the memory of President Ronald Reagan.
Obama told students at the New Economic School in Moscow earlier this month that the war had not been won by either side.
“Make no mistake: this change did not come from any one nation alone,” he said. “The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful.”
But Meese, who advised President Reagan on foreign affairs as part of the National Security Council, said such moral relativism is “simply not true.”
“I think it was the leadership of the United States, without any question, that brought an end to the Cold War and that leadership [was] exemplified by the actions of Ronald Reagan,” Meese told CNSNews.com
Meese agreed that Eastern European nations were “very important" in bringing about an end to the Cold War. He mentioned Polish leader Lech Walesa, who helped form Solidarity, an eastern bloc trade union that defied Communist leadership.
But Meese pointed to five actions by Reagan that were key to the change Obama described as “the world as it was ceas(ing) to be.” First, Reagan unabashedly described the USSR as an “evil empire” – a phrase that was slammed by liberal elites at the time.
“The West won't contain Communism. It will transcend Communism. It will dismiss it as some bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written,” Reagan said at an address at Notre Dame University in 1981.
Reagan also was unafraid at drawing a line and making a vow that the U.S. would resist “any future aggression.” He put American might behind freedom movements in Poland, Nicaragua, in Angola, in Afghanistan.”
The fourth U.S. tactic was “building up our military and improving our alliances -- NATO and other alliances around the world --so that the Soviets could no longer claim that military superiority,” said Meese.
“And then, of course, the fifth thing,” Meese told C “is the development of the SDI.”
SDI stands for Strategic Defense Initiative, a plan Reagan proposed to operate a strategic missile shield using ground and air forces that would guard against incoming ballistic missiles which could carry nuclear weaponry.
“Meese said that “the Soviets had been cheating on the ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty for 15 years,” but that “they really realized within a few years of our getting into the game that we would eclipse them both technologically and with the will to deploy it.”
Meese describes Obama’s foreign policy as “part of the cult of personality that has characterized the Obama administration in which he goes around the world saying things that get a round of applause from his audience without him appreciating or recognizing the negative impact it has on the United States.”
Meese said that if this type of diplomacy persists over Obama’s first and potential second terms, “I see a continued deterioration of the overall standing of the United States in the world.”
“I think we hardly need any more apology tours by Obama,” said Meese.
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