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We are remembering Reagan for the wrong reasons

and we will suffer for it. Reagan did not win the Cold War. Communism was systemically fatal - just as all the conservatives kept saying. Reagan did do the right things to end the Cold War - and he de

and we will suffer for it. Reagan did not win the Cold War. Communism was systemically fatal - just as all the conservatives kept saying. Reagan did do the right things to end the Cold War - and he de

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and we will suffer for it. Reagan did not win the Cold War. Communism was systemically fatal - just as all the conservatives kept saying. Reagan did do the right things to end the Cold War - and he deserves our thanks and admiration for that. As does Russian leader Gorbachev.

There is an excellent short article in Slate about this. As time goes by over the next few years, I predict we will learn more of Reagan the dove. He was effective in his efforts to end the Cold War because he backed away from threatening the Soviet Union.

Domestically, Reagan was a Neanderthal. He cut social programs and put mentally ill people on the streets where they continue to cause us problems. He thought AIDS would punish gays and allowed it to spread - when it could have been stopped with social and health programs. He totally ignored the gains and needs of blacks and other minorities - figuring in his simplistic way that they needed to lift themselves up despite the prejudices and barriers set against their progress. He was intolerant of those who had values different from his own. He allowed the environment to be trashed. He talked of smaller government while he built the Federal government up. He oversaw the huge transfer of wealth from the middle class to the very wealthy. He started the process whereby multi-national corporations control the media. He was the hero of all who want simple answers to complex issues.

However, Reagan was a genuine person and I think much of his popularity is because of that. He acted from his own convictions - and was his own person. He deserves the honors as a past President who acted as he saw best for his country. I think that is why he is still so popular.

In the end, he and Gorbachev deserve credit for ending the Cold War. And that is more important than anything else. We humans stepped back from the abyss. If only our present leaders could see how to do that, as they take us towards the abyss again.

We are remembering Reagan for the wrong reasons

By John ServaisOn Jun 10, 2004

and we will suffer for it. Reagan did not win the Cold War. Communism was systemically fatal - just as all the conservatives kept saying. Reagan did do the right things to end the Cold War - and he de

Mercury in Lake Whatcom

By John ServaisOn Jun 03, 2004

Today the Washington Department of Ecology released a report that says, basically, that mercury in the lake is less now than in the past. “Decreasing” is the operative word.

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Re: Chamber of Commerce insert in today’s Bellingham Herald

By John ServaisOn May 24, 2004

The initiative is ‘remove motor boats’, notremove boats’ from Lake Whatcom. Our Chamber of Commerce just lies in print to achieve their goal of defeating the initiative.

The Military Intelligence units are beginning to be exposed

By John ServaisOn May 18, 2004

ABC News has an exclusive interview with a sergeant in the 302 MI Battalion, a unit of Col Pappas 205 MI Brigade. See NwCit report below of May 4 - two weeks ago. The sergeant says there was and is a

How our US Government falsifies documents

By John ServaisOn May 17, 2004

This statement was posted on the DOD website on Saturday - and I took a computer photo of it on Sunday - to catch them if they changed it. Well, they went back and doctored it - improved it - without

Torture. What is it?

By John ServaisOn May 12, 2004

It is to cause extreme physical or mental pain for punishment or to extract a confession or information. Our government officials are now saying we do not torture because we follow the Geneva rules. T

This is a kangaroo court at its finest

By John ServaisOn May 10, 2004

A short note. For days we have all listened to voices from the left demand resignations and voices from the right actually defend this behavior or at least excuse it. We have not seen any reporting on

Why is the press not interviewing participants?

By John ServaisOn May 06, 2004

Questions not being asked by the press about the abuses. At least I’ve not run across them in news reports. The reports have not gone into any more detail in three days. We see a few more photos but n

The military police are not the culprits

By John ServaisOn May 05, 2004

Colonel Thomas Pappas continues in command of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade - according to today’s Baltimore Sun. He is the bastard who has the most to answer for in this whole abuse mess. A

Let the reporting be comprehensive

By John ServaisOn May 04, 2004

Colonel Thomas Pappas. Why have the news media not told you about this guy? They have told us a lot about General Janis Karpinski, the commander of the military police who operated the Abu Ghraib pris

The abuse of Iraqi prisoners

By John ServaisOn May 03, 2004

is a sad development for our country. I don’t want to pile on and kick our military as we need a strong armed services to survive in this world. We can only hope that full investigations are carried o

We are on a blind rampage

By John ServaisOn Apr 27, 2004

C-130 gunships are massacring innocent people in Fallujah and Najaf. No question - we Americans have constructed horrible killing machines. The military likes to say they save “friendly” personnel. We

These are our youngsters

By John ServaisOn Apr 22, 2004

They wanted to help defend democracy and our country. Instead they were used as cannon fodder in a foreign war of conquest - ordered by men who avoided their own military service when they were youngs

NwCitizen applauds Spanish pullout from Iraq

By John ServaisOn Apr 18, 2004

They have chosen to stop being dupes of the US. The Spanish people overwhelmingly told their government to stop the invasion and occupation of a country that was no threat to any other country - and c

Watching George Bush self destruct

By John ServaisOn Apr 13, 2004

This will go down as the worst presidential press conference in the history of the American Presidency.

The fellow spoke today to mute the headlines that would result from his intelligence chie

Watchers watching the watchers

By John ServaisOn Apr 12, 2004

The following is from an email I received from Takhoman, the Internet news in Tacoma who first broke the story of their police chief Brame when the regular media would not touch it. Takhoman is reliab

Read non-mainstream press and websites

By John ServaisOn Apr 10, 2004

If you want to know what is happening in Iraq then you have to read the foreign press and independent websites. The major American news media are not present where the action is and are simply sanitiz

Tragedy and war crimes in Iraq

By John ServaisOn Apr 10, 2004

You will not learn the full truth about this week in Iraq for many years - if the US military has its way. Our troops are causing unspeakable horrors to the Iraqi people. You must read the foreign pre

A missile into a mosque

By John ServaisOn Apr 07, 2004

To watch CNN today is to ask “what mass killing of Iraqis in a mosque”. Same on FoxNews. Not mentioned directly and you have to look elsewhere for details. Much talk about ‘test of wills’ and US milit

10 killed is only the tip of the iceberg

By John ServaisOn Apr 05, 2004

When some of the 24 US soldiers wounded in Iraq over the weekend die from their wounds - they will not be counted as deaths in Iraq. Only those who actually die on the battlefield are counted.<