Doctrine of Reagan
Mrs. J. Y. Baker
Prof. Thomas Payne Jr. – POL 300
February 4, 2012
Doctrine of Reagan
With the threat of The Cold War, U.S. Presidents beginning with Truman had to create doctrines to find remedies for the problem of communism and its expansion. The doctrine of Ronald W. Reagan was especially noteworthy because it initiated a revolutionized foreign policy after World War II. The Cold War brought trepidation of nuclear bombing that sent panic through the U.S. government. This is why previously the U.S. chose not to challenge the Soviet Union head-on. Officials felt American’s weren’t ready to send their loved ones to fight another war on foreign soil after ...view middle of the document...
The best part of the plan is the home team fought and died for their own cause and the U.S. didn’t suffer any casualties of war.
Although American soldiers didn’t die that is not to say the Reagan’s doctrine was infallible. In Nicaragua our good intentions paved a pathway we weren’t prepared to go down. Even though we were providing aid and training “contras” (anti-communist armed forces), we went too far when we allowed purchase of arms by Iran to fund the contras ignoring that in 1984 Congress ordered an end to the support. President Reagan was able to get around the order by requesting donations from individuals and other regimes and then utilized the CIA to handle the funds transfer. This created a major congressional investigation. There was even talk of impeachment as this was being considered possibly more serious than Nixon’s Watergate scandal. In what was dubbed the “Iran-Contra Affair”, the Reagan administration was not found at fault. This is due to the fact that “Congress had been on again, off again, sometimes agreeing to Reagan’s requests to fund the anti-Communist Contras in Nicaragua, then turning around and denying funding” (Buckley, 2008, pg. 210n18). Whether his assumption about Iran being “moderate” was correct or incorrect, Reagan did what he had to do to in order to keep...