The Washington Times - January 18, 2008, 06:32PM
have sparred over President Reagan all day this National Review piece SEE RELATED:

“I asked him whether he believed that Ronald Reagan‘s security policies — the military build-up, the Reagan Doctrine, the anti-Communist rhetoric — deserved credit for the collapse of the Soviet bloc. \ \ \ And he said: “I think it had something to do with it … The kind of system they tried to have in Eastern Europe just doesn’t work very well in the world we’re living in, and as soon as the people found out just how terrible it was and what their alternatives were, it was more or less doomed. But I think precedent to that you had to have the willingness of the Soviet Union to let it happen in Eastern Europe, which I think was at least in part a function of their own internal problems, but those internal problems were certainly aggravated by the enormous stresses we put on them because of the military build-up. They had to match what we did … And also the rhetoric of rolling back Communist regimes, changing the preconceived notion that once you go Communist you can never turn it back, which Reagan had something to do with, played a contributing role … Reagan’s policies … certainly accelerated the trend.”
Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times