Tear Down This Wall: "A Mediocre Speech and a Missed Opportunity"
In delivering his Berlin Wall address, President Reagan overruled the objections of the National Security Council and the State Department. Here, a couple of documents from the Reagan library. One, an NSC memorandum to Colin Powell, then Deputy National Security Advisor, calls the address "a mediocre speech and a missed opportunity." The other shows the NSC edits. Note what the NSC deleted.
What Ronald Reagan was up against.