Reagan Doctrine Essay

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Ronald Reagan was president from 1981 to 1989. He was president for two terms, in which there were many scandals and dilemma’s that he had to overcome. His economic policies, "Reaganomics", advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. He described the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," supported anti-communist movements worldwide and spent his first term ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR (Mintz). During Reagan’s presidency, the Cold War was occurring between the United States and the Soviet Union. Throughout this period, the conflict was expressed through military coalitions, espionage, weapons development, invasions, propaganda, and competitive technological development, which included the space race. The conflict included costly defense spending, a massive conventional and nuclear arms race, and numerous proxy wars. During the beginning of the Cold War, the foreign policy of the United States was containment (The Reagan Doctrine). The idea of the Reagan Doctrine originated before Reagan’s presidency. Jimmy Carter helped Afghanistan by giving them weapons and training to defeat the soviets. The Reagan Doctrine is an expansion of this philosophy (American President). Reagan based his decision on many of his top national security and foreign policy officials. These people included Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, National Security advisers including John Poindexter, Frank Carlucci, and Colin Powell. Reagan often received guidance from Congress. He relied on their opinions to assist him in making many of his decisions including the 1985 State of the Union address and the Nicaraguan contra (Mintz). The Heritage Foundation is responsible for the Reagan Doctrine becoming concrete

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