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Unformatted text preview: n, September 12 2010, Lesson from Jimmy Carter: Weakness invites aggression, http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2010/09/lessonfrom
"Detente," Ronald Reagan once quipped, "isn't that what a farmer has with his turkey until Thanksgiving Day?' ¶ When Reagan took over the White House he planned to make his foreign policy everything that Jimmy Carter's was not. Carter had tried accommodating America's enemies. He cut back on defense. He made humility the hallmark of American diplomacy.¶ Our foes responded with aggression: Iranian revolutionaries danced in the rubble of the U.S. Embassy; the Soviets sponsored armed insurgencies and invaded Afghanistan.¶ Later in his presidency, Carter tried to look tough. He proposed a modest increase in defense spending; pulled the United States out of the Moscow Olympics; and slapped an embargo on wheat exports to the Soviet Union. These actions hurt high jumpers and American farmers, but didn't faze our enemies. It was too little, too late.¶ As Reagan entered his presidency, the U.S. e...
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