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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.

NSC-edits.jpgWhat Ronald Reagan was up against.

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