Remember what Ronald Reagan did when the Russkies shot down a passenger plane?

The current generation of American political conservatives is not well-known for its firm grasp of history. Accordingly, it strikes me as a good idea to warn these right-wing partisans against making any snarky suggestions that Ronald Reagan would have done better than Barack Obama in dealing with yesterday’s missile attack on a civilian passenger plane in the skies over Ukraine. HERE‘s a history lesson worth taking to heart: On Sept. 1, 1983, the Soviet Union shot down a Korean Airlines passenger airliner traveling from New York...

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Yet again, Rand Paul is distorting Ronald Reagan’s presidential record

It’s widely taken for granted these days that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will be running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, although he hasn’t formally declared his candidacy. One of the sure signs of Paul’s intentions in this regard is the extent to which he’s been praising Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of the GOP. Never mind that the senator had some unflattering things to say about Reagan just a few years ago (see HERE). The partisans Paul is currently courting aren’t likely to notice that...

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On this Memorial Day, a few thoughts on Ronald Reagan’s imaginary war experiences

Ronald Reagan, God bless him, had a great imagination — perhaps as a result of his career in Hollywood, where everything is imaginary. And while Reagan never greatly distinguished himself as a thespian on the silver screen, he was a pretty good actor as president. He was so good, in fact, that he seemingly could convince even himself that the made-up stories he told as commander-in-chief were all true. My two favorite such stories are his claim that he witnessed the liberation of Nazi death camps in Europe toward the end of World War II...

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Today’s Republicans don’t want to talk about Ronald Reagan’s Benghazi

Most of the Republican lawmakers who currently are performing an unseemly political dance on the graves of four Americans killed in a terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, were not members of Congress when terrorists attacked a U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, 31 years ago¬† (see photo above). Some of these GOP politicians who see the Benghazi incident as the greatest presidential crime of their lifetimes probably know little or nothing about the tragedy in Beirut and Ronald Reagan’s role in it....

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Rand Paul praises Ronald Reagan now, but that wasn’t always the case

Sen. Rand Paul hasn’t formally declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, but his recent travels and speechifying suggest that he’s more than a little interested in taking the plunge. And toward that end, Paul, like most GOP politicians, is practiced at praising Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of the Republican Party. But there were times in the past when Paul was more than a little critical of the Reagan record. Naturally, he would prefer that nobody mention those occasions, and it’s likely that the...

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