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The US State Department Has Been Wrong for 40 Years

The US State Department Has Been Wrong for 40 Years

U.S. President Ronald Reagan, commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin, addresses on June 12, 1987, the people of West Berlin at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin wall. (Mike Sargent/AFP via Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 16 November 2019 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The mainstream media has managed to avoid mentioning an interesting juxtaposition of foreign policy events. On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall — which divided the free West Germany from the totalitarian police state of East Germany — fell and Germany was once again united. On November 9, 2019, the nation was preparing for the beginning of an impeachment show trial in the House of Representatives that involved U.S. foreign policy in the Ukraine.

The overlooked common denominator in both events is the U.S. State Department vehemently opposed both policies. The Western Journal has the Berlin background. “June 1987, Reagan famously said to Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of Soviet Union, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace — if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe — if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate.

“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Today this challenge is acknowledged as a master stroke of public diplomacy, but if President Reagan had listened to his diplomatic ‘experts’ it never would have happened.

“…a number of top officials in the State Department and the National Security Council, including no less than Secretary of State George Schultz and Deputy National Security Adviser Colin Powell, wanted the line out: too provocative.”

The opposition came from all the best foreign policy people, “Whether it was the NSC, the State Department or others, there was every effort made to try to prevent President Reagan from acting so bold and to state what he did, but it shows that’s an example of true leadership.

“In June 1987, as Reagan was on his way to deliver his Berlin speech, his deputy chief of staff, Ken Duberstein, recalled the president saying, ‘The boys at State are going to kill me, but it’s the right thing to do.’”

How is that event similar to the Ukraine imbroglio?

In both instances self-important State Department bureaucrats did and are criticizing the president for going against ‘official U.S. foreign policy.’ And in return Foggy Bottom attempts to undermine and block the duly elected president of the United States.

As co-author Michael Reagan told the Western Journal, “[My father] said for too long he had watched American presidents sit down with secretary generals of the Soviet Union, and every time they sat down, the Soviet Union asked the American president give up something to get along with them."

President Reagan explained, “I wanted to be the first president elected to sit down with the secretary general of the Soviet Union and while he was telling me what I was going to have to give up to get along with him, I was going to get up from my chair, walk around the other side of the table, lean over and whisper in his ear, 'Nyet.'”

President Trump has done the same with his move of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his cancelling the Paris Accords, and Trump’s end to the Iran Agreement. Each time he’s been opposed by State Department ‘experts.’

Regardless of what you think about the content of President Trump’s phone call to Ukraine, the fact is neither President Reagan nor President Trump can ‘go against official U.S. foreign policy’ because the president is in charge of and sets official U.S. foreign policy.

A fact the striped-suit boys and girls at the State Department have been unable to grasp for decades. The president is elected to set foreign policy. The choice of the bureaucrats in the state department is to either execute his orders or resign. Not block, slow-walk, and leak opposition to the policy. If ‘experts’ want to set official foreign policy, then we suggest they run for office, too.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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