OCTOBER 20, 2009 4:21PM

From the Memory Hole: Ronald Reagan praises the Taliban!

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Ronald Reagan praises the Taliban

Well, isn't that just precious?

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Well.... they were fighting the evil empire, see....

Oh hell. It's about the kind of stupidity I'd expect from him!
Yeah well, I'm not surprised. This is the same dolt who thought Iran-Contra was a new kind of disposable razor.
they sure don't dress as sharp as the Founding Fathers....
Yowza. Ronald Reagan was never a paragon of intelligence before he got Alzheimers, but wow. Next thing you know someone will dig up a picture of President Bush (41) with Osama Bin Laden. Wouldn't surprise me at all.
I remember him using the "moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers" on the Nicaraguan Contras back then. If he described Afghan fighters the same way, then he was pretty generous in dishing out that term!
Wow! Saint Reagan was a total and thorough hypocrite. Yet, he remains a saint to many conservatives. Go figure?
That is so rich! The man who set us up for the financial crisis we are in, who popularized greed and couldn't resist the cloak and dagger games of the right wing. Now he stinks like excrement! It shows how our worst enemies are not outside our borders, they mostly live south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Hey! Rambo fought for the Taliban too, are you going to rip on Rambo now? Leave my Star Wars president out of your spiteful attacks! He could have saved us all with his Star Shield, and the Space Corps of which I could now be a part if it wasn't for the damn liberal media stopping him from constructing a Death Star.
I'll never forgive anyone for that.
Why thank you for that Kyle D.

I also did some googling and found the following:


Proclamation 5034—Afghanistan Day, 1983
By the President of the United States of America, 21 March 1983

The tragedy of Afghanistan continues as the valiant and courageous Afghan freedom fighters [The Taliban] persevere in standing up against the brutal power of the Soviet invasion and occupation. The Afghan people are struggling to reclaim their freedom, which was taken from them when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979.

In this three-year period the Soviet Union has been unable to subjugate Afghanistan. The Soviet forces are pitted against an extraordinary people who, in their determination to preserve the character of their ancient land, have organized an effective and still spreading country-wide resistance. The resistance of the Afghan freedom fighters is an example to all the world of the invincibility of the ideals we in this country hold most dear, the ideals of freedom and independence.

We must also recognize that the sacrifices required to maintain this resistance are very high. Millions have gone into exile as refugees. We will probably never know the numbers of people killed and maimed, poisoned and gased, of the homes that have been destroyed, and of the lives that have been shattered and stricken with grief.

It is, therefore, incumbent upon us as Americans to reflect on the events in Afghanistan, to think about the agony which these brave people bear, and to maintain our condemnation of the continuing Soviet occupation. Our observance again this year of Afghanistan Day on March 21, the Afghan New Year, will recall for all the world America's unflagging sympathy for a determined people, its support for their refugees and commitment to achieving a political settlement for Afghanistan which will free that country from tyranny's yoke.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 65, has designated March 21, 1983 as "Afghanistan Day" and has requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of that day.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate March 21, 1983 as Afghanistan Day.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.

Ronald Reagan

then there's this: http://zeroanthropology.net/2009/08/18/questions-about-the-taliban-struggle-against-the-ussr-reagan-how-popularity-was-gained/

It's pretty long, so you'll have to click and read. There's a lot of discussion regarding Ahmed Rashid’s TALIBAN: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia - a great book if you haven't read it yet.
Maybe Ronnie thought they were Talibaptists.
That is the danger of meddling into other countries' internal affairs and strengthening the hands of puppets in the hope that they will work with us. It has never worked in history. The puppets are usually weak sycophants looking to be bolstered up by the outside forces who do not understand anything of the makeup or character of the peoples they meddle with. It is EXACTLY what is happening in Afghanistan now.
The GOP is currently re-writing history, as Fascists tend to do, making Ronnie a big hero. Never mind the reality of his two terms!

Let's see, high unemployment and recession, 22% interest rates, the biggest taxpayer-funded military build-up during peace time in the history of the world (although rich Repubs invested in the defense industry were further enriched...which was the real intent), the end of real wages and the beginning of two-income households just to pay bills meaning children placed in day care and with babysitters...you know...the "family values" party!......not to mention his ultimate achievement: selling de-regulation by lying to the public, claiming it was "getting the government off the backs of the people" when in fact it was a handout to corporations resulting in further water, air, and food contamination.

Remember his "tickle down economics"? Another version of no taxes for the rich, just as Bush's tax cuts for the rich didn't stimulate the economy as he claimed. And why not? Because tax cuts for the rich as a viable means of stimulating the economy is NOT a prinicple of ecnomics!! Hoover's solution to the First Great Depression was tax cuts for the rich!!!!

Then, there's his obscene "War on Drugs" which targeted poor minorities making our prison population the largest in the world. And why? Prisons are big corporate business and most major corporations and banks (IBM, Motorola, 3M, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, on and on and on...) use prison labor at around $.35 an hour. Why pay immigrants $5.00 an hour when prisoners work for pennies?! And that folks, is most likely the real reason behind the Repub war on immigrants!!

And of course, corporate CEO salaries skyrocketed at the expense of workers's salaries which would never rise again despite continually rising prices! Add to this the fact that the GOP probably stole his two elections, anyway....how ironic that the USA sends "advisors" all over the world to monitor elections when the GOP has stolen how many?!!

Oh, and don't forget the Neil Bush-Silverado Savings & Loan scandal we're still paying for. I remember someone at the time saying one of the outcomes of all this would be that children born in the 1980s (my children) would never own their own houses. Boy, was he right!

What a country! The hypocrisy and corruption are staggering.....
Life is wierd...just plain wierd.
Oh yes. Simply darling. Geez, that's incredible!
I hate to say it but this is more heart-warming than my family reunion shot last summer.
Nancy's astrologer probably told him to.
Nice snapshot. This is an effective way to battle the radical forgetfulness the media wants to impose. We are constantly re-engaging our former allies in guerrilla wars. Overall this should make an impression on Americans as to the real policies of our country, yet, it doesn't.
Ronnie 'Poop Pants' Reagan supported the Talib...excuse me, Mujaheddin as a sop to his Sodomy Arserapia oiligarchs[sic]. Getting the (secular) Soviet-backed Kabul government out of Afghanistan was as important to the Saudis and their Wahhabi masters as getting those scary (secular) Ba'athists out of Iraq. The whole 'anti-commie freedom-fighters' lie was just for public consumption. (After all, the PRC kept buying those T-bills Ronnie's deficit-spending kept issuing.) Or, maybe all those closeted Republican friends of Ronnie's--Bill Buckley, Rock Hudson--thought cavorting in the sand with RPG7-toting young men was frightfully romantic...

At any rate, it's really rich when idiots like these people blame Obama for 'political correctness', when Dubya had EIGHT YEARS to do something about hire-a-muslim (even if he's a jihadi idiot) affirmative-action policies in the Army--you know, the ones that lead to the Fort Hood tragedy:
Well, it doesn't surprise me. King Soundbite was not a favorite of mine at all.