Ronald Wilson Reagan
"They can run but they can't hide!" Achille
"To watch the courageous
Afghan freedom fighters
battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those
who love freedom." - Ronald Reagan, March 21, 19831983 Reagan
proposes $110 million for increased arms aid to El Salvador.
Security Directive 77 authorizes 'Project Democracy.'
Democracy' gathers together 44 separate proposals for seminars, institutes,
publications, and fellowships, to be engaged by private foundations.
Reagan tries to export the US way of governing
Funding comes from
the National Endowment of Democracy orginally funded with $80 million
Henry Kissinger and the ex-wife of William Colby
1985 National Security Decision Directive
166,29 is a secret plan to escalate covert action in Afghanistan dramatically:
Abandoning a policy of simple harassment of Soviet occupiers, the Reagan team
decides to secretly let loose on the Afghan battlefield an array of US high
technology and military expertise in an effort to hit and demoralize Soviet
commanders and soldiers.
CIA supplies mujahideen
rebels with extensive satellite reconnaissance
data of Soviet targets on the Afghan battlefield, plans for military operations
based on the satellite
intelligence, intercepts of Soviet communications, secret communications
networks for the rebels, delayed timing devices for tons of C-4 plastic
explosives for urban
sabotage, and sophisticated guerrilla attacks, long-range sniper rifles, a
targeting device for mortars that was linked to a US Navy satellite,
wire-guided anti-tank missiles, and other equipment.
The mujahideen have been
provided with more than 1,000 state-of-the-art, shoulder-fired Stinger
1987 Annual supply of arms had reached 65,000 tons, and a
"ceaseless stream" of CIA
and Pentagon officials are visiting
Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Rawalpindi.
At any one time
during the Afghan fighting season, as many as 11 ISI teams trained and supplied
by the CIA accompany mujahideen across the
border to supervise attacks.
The teams attack airports,
railroads, fuel depots,
electricity pylons, bridges and roads.
operations officers help Pakistan trainers establish
schools for the mujahideen in secure
communications, guerrilla warfare, urban sabotage and heavy weapons
Mujahideen trained in
these techniques using
chemical and electronic delay bomb timers supplied by the US carry out numerous
car bombings and assassination attacks in Kabul.
influence of establishment insiders over
our foreign policy has become
a fact of life in our time.
This pervasive influence runs contrary to the real
long-term national security of our
It is an influence
which, if unchecked, could
ultimately subvert our constitutional order.
The viewpoint of the
establishment today is called globalism.
In the globalist point
of view, nation-states and national boundaries do not count for anything.
Political philosophies and political principles seem to become simply
Indeed, even constitutions are irrelevant to the
exercise of power.
tyranny are viewed as
neither necessarily good nor evil, and certainly not a component of policy.
In this point of view, the
international financial and industrial forces should be orientated to
bringing this one world design - with a convergence of the Soviet and American
systems as its centerpiece - into being.
All that matters
to this club is the
maximization of profits resulting from the practice of what can be described as
finance capitalism, a system which rests upon the twin pillars of
isn't real capitalism.
It is the road to
economic concentration and to
political slavery." - Senator Jesse
Helms 15 December 1987 comments directed to
Ronald Reagan on the
floor of the Senate
"Government's view of the economy
summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving,
And if it stops moving,
"Politics is supposed to be the second
I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance
to the first."
Reagan was one of the nearly 100 million
Americans who tuned in on November 20,
1983, to watch the
television movie "The Day After," about the
consequences of a
In his diary, Ronald Reagan reported that the
movie left him "greatly depressed."
According to the film's director,
after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in Reykjavik,
Iceland, in 1987, he received a telegram from Reagan's office saying: "Don't think your movie didn't have any
part of this, because it did." - Kelly M. Greenhill
"A moment I've been dreading.
brought his n'er-do-well son
around this morning.
He asked me to find the kid a job.
political one who lives in Florida.
The one who hangs around here all
the time looking shiftless.
This so-called kid is already almost 40 and
never had a real job.
Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if
they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something.
That looks like
easy work." - REAGAN DIARIES, May 17, 1986
Office of Public Diplomacy
"Ronald Reagan's administration brought CIA tactics
to bear domestically to reshape the way Americans
world." - Robert Parry November 23, 1981
National Security Directive 77
providing a budget of $19.3 million for the Contras.
The directive is
made after the Contras have begun earning
a gruesome reputation as
human rights violators and
To change this negative
perception of the
Contras, the Reagan administration designs
clandestine propaganda operation.
William Joseph Casey
participates in the creation of an inter-agency public diplomacy mechanism that
included the use of seasoned
intelligence specialists to accomplish what a covert CIA operation in a
foreign country might attempt to change the opinion of and Congress and
the American public that Reagan administration's policies followed the right
path - specifically give aid and support to
human rights violators and
Involved in the propaganda initiative were veteran
populace officer Walter Raymond Jr. and chief of the Intelligence Directorate
of the National Security Council Donald Gregg -
a specialists in propaganda and disinformation.
This effort resulted
in the creation of the Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the
Caribbean in the State Department (S/LPD), headed by Otto Reich*, a Cuban
A senior American official described Office of Public Diplomacy
of the National Security Council as 'a vast psychological warfare operation of the
category the military conducts to influence a population in enemy
one occasion, intelligence experts from the Army's 4th Psychological
Operations Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were assigned to work with
Otto Reich's fast-growing operation.
National Security Council staffer
Lt. Col. Oliver North served
directly under Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs,
Richard Norman Perle.
Oliver North Worked with Cocaine Traffickers to Arm
February 26 1985 Chip Tatum
flies Bill Cooper and Buzz Sawyer, Corporate Air Services, to a meeting with
Tatum, given a sealed cooler marked "Vaccine" weighing ~
200 pounds, is instructed to deliver it to a USAF C-130 transport plane at La
Mesa Airport, Honduras.
Two crew members offloading the cooler
accidentally dropped it, breaking the seal.
Inside are over 100 kilos
Chip Tatum is ireminded of earlier missions dating back to
1983-84 when he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a Special
Regularly he would trans-ship white coolers, marked
as "Medical Supplies", to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
occasions he carried similar coolers to Mena Airport,
Deliveries of medical coolers to Little Rock AFB were picked
up by Dan R. Lasater - a close confidant of the then Arkansas Governor Bill
Dan R. Lasater bought Angel Fire Resort on the Enchanted
Circle Scenic Byway just a few miles from Donald Rumsfeld's digs in 1984 for
Angel Fire Resort went bankrupt and was purchased by a
group of Texas investors for $12 million in 1995.
Warns US Citizens
1986 Walter Raymond Jr.
sent a memo to William Casey which
described a shift of control of the S/LPD to the control of the Bureau of
Inter-American Affairs, which is headed by Assistant Secretary of State
Richard R. Miller, former head of public affairs at AID, and Francis D.
Gomez, former public affairs specialist at the
Department and USIA, were hired by S/LPD through
sole-source, no-bid contracts
to carry out a variety of activities on behalf of the Reagan administration
policies in Central America.
They became the key link between the State
Department and the Reagan White House with the private
groups and individuals engaged in a myriad of endeavors aimed at influencing
the Congress and public opinion.
truth is the State Department was used to run a prohibited, domestic, covert
An investigation by the congressional General
Accounting Office found that Office of Public Diplomacy of
the National Security Council had engaged in 'prohibited, covert propaganda
Established despite résistance from the Secretary of
State, and reporting directly to the National Security Council, the S/LPD
attempted to mask many of its
activities from Congress.
journalists who reported information that undermined the pro-Contra
propaganda were targeted by S/LPD. News executives removed or punish
Another Walter Raymond Jr. authored memo dated
Aug. 9, 1983 suggests the right-wing media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, was already
part of the covert propaganda
"Keith Rupert, a Melbourne Australia newspaper
publisher, married Elisabeth Joy Greene, daughter of Rupert Greene
a Conservative Jew in
1928. Keith Rupert was educated at Geelong private school and went to
Oxford University in
England." - Candour (UK)
"Today's powerful right-wing media gained
momentum as part of the Casey-Raymond operations of the early 1980s." - Robert
Church founder Sun Myung Moon, publisher of the Washington Times, also showed
up in the Iran-Contra
operations, using his newspaper to raise contra
funds and assigning his CAUSA political group to organize support for the
In the two decades since the
scandal, both Rupert Murdoch and Sun Myung Moon have continued to pour
billions of dollars into media
outlets that have influenced the course of US history, often through the
planting of propaganda and disinformation much like a CIA covert action might
do in a hostile foreign country." - Robert Parry
Abrams was convicted of misleading Congress in the Iran-Contra and later
pardoned by George Herbert Walker
Elliott Abrams then became deputy adviser to George Walker
Security Council, where he directed US-Middle East policy.
Reich became a senior advisor for Republican presidential candidate John McCain
on Latin American affairs.
Reagan Doctrine consisted mainly
of supporting four anticommunist and ostensibly pro-democratic
UNITA in Angola,
Khmer Rouge in Cambodia,
Afghanistan and Contras in
Reagan Doctrine also included support of the
Baath Party of
In retrospect, the results of this policy were decidedly
mixed even though Saddam Hussein was
able to avert imminent defeat in the war with Iran.
Ronald Reagan romanticizing the past and drawing on
essential American optimism
placed image over substance.
Cultural recognition made him
a larger than life
Ronald Reagan's survival of an assassination attempt set his
legendary life in stone.
The Ronald Reagan adminstration oddly did
precisely the opposite of its stated goals:
campaigned as an implacable
foe of government deficit spending but he left office with a federal debt that
was nearly triple its level when he took office;
vowed to shrink
government and eliminate Cabinet departments but he wound up adding one, the
Department of Veterans Affairs;
fired striking air traffic controllers
ultimately destroying their union although at one time he was union president
of the Screen Actors Guild;
claimed he would
never bow to terrorists and yet his
administration supplied arms and spare parts to
Iran in an arms-for-hostages
espoused basic small-town American values but he was a divorced
man with estranged children.
Many of the
Executive Orders given by
Reagan were actually authored by George HW Bush or his legal
"I helped the Office of Policy Development
organize a two-day brainstorming conference on the subject at Wye Plantation in
Maryland, where the UK experience was reviewed, possible privatization
candidates assessed, and possible next steps debated.
That led to
creation of an interagency Privatization Working Group, which the Reason
Foundation supported via a whole series of federal privatization studies (on
candidates such as the Postal Service, the air traffic control system, Amtrak,
Two tangible accomplishments followed from these efforts.
The first was the successful privatization of Conrail, the northeastern
freight railroad taken
over by the feds from the
It was sold via a stock offering to investors in 1987 for
Second the appointment of the President's Commission
There was more real privatization during the
Clinton administration than during Reagan's terms.
Under Clinton, the
federal government sold off the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserves ($3.6
billion), the US Enrichment Corporation ($3.1 billion), and many billions of
dollars' worth of electromagnetic
spectrum, as well as the competitive contracting of more than a hundred
airport control towers and numerous military base functions.
Privatization Commission paved the way for the subsequent efforts by
Clinton and Gore, having made privatization ideas respectable enough to be
considered by National Performance Review of Al Gore and the National
Economic Council and Office of Management & Budget of the
Ronald Reagan changed the nature of the debate over the size and scope
of the federal government.
the job of our generation
to privatize many more assets and business enterprises of our overgrown federal
government." - Robert W. Poole Jr., director of transportation studies and
founder of the Reason Foundation, August 1, 2004
With the revovling
door whirling Ronald Reagan's second term looked to possibility of a federal
privatization effort along the lines of Thatcher's.
called for labor union reforms, less government intervention in the economy,
less government spending and lower taxes.
Notable among her
The promotion of the neoliberal philosophy of
government which has to a large extent replaced the social democratic
orientation of government.
Part politician, part intellectual, part entrepreneur
of ideas, he had an enthusiastic belief in his own ideas:
restriction of trade union leaders' de jure powers;
the breaking of
those trade union leaders' de facto power;
nationalized enterprises in coal, iron and steel, gas, electricity, water
supply, railways, trucking, airlines and telecommunications;
privatization of public housing;
reduction of income tax rates;
monetary policy with a strong emphasis on controlling inflation;
restriction of local government spending;
reform of local
close ntegration of the British economy with those
of the European Community;
sell billions of dollars' worth of federal
assets and enterprises to investors and use the proceeds to pay down
Zealously pursued is the
deregulation of industry caused the
savings and loan debacle which left middle class taxpayers
holding the bag for $200 billion in losses while
evil bankers bought assets
for pennies on the dollar.
"Our efforts at The Hamilton
Securities Group to help HUD achieve maximum return on the sale of its
defaulted mortgage assets coincided with a widespread process of
"privatization" in which assets were, in fact, being transferred out of
governments worldwide at significantly below market value in a manner providing
extraordinary windfall profits, capital gains and financial equity to private
corporations and investors.
I now refer to privatization as
"piratization." - Catherine
"Ronald Reagan mesmerized us
into believing in an imagined past, we were better than other people, God's
chosen, citizens of a shining city on a hill.
In reality, he dumbed us down, persuading us to suspend belief by
combining fact and fiction,
persuading us to make politics and governance just another subsidiary of his
old business - entertainment." -
"A more factual synopsis of
the Reagan presidency might read like this:
Reagan was a transformative
figure in American history, but his real revolution was one of
and not one of policy.
His 1981 tax cut was followed quickly by tax
hikes that you rarely hear about, and Reagan's
achievement on that front was slashing marginal rates for the wealthy -
even as rising payroll taxes
socked the working class.
Reagan expanded the federal payroll, added
a new cabinet post, and built a huge debt that ultimately tripped up
his handpicked successor, George HW Bush - who controlled
the "President" during most of his term in office.
What Reagan did
shrink was government regulation and oversight - linked to a series of
unfortunate events from the savings-and-loan crisis of the late 1980s to the
sub-prime mortgage crisis of the late 2000s.
This nation has never seen
the kind of bold, crudely calculated and ideologically driven
legend-manufacturing as has taken place with Ronald Reagan." - Will Bunch
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