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  •  In a floor speech on March 21, 1986 (11+ / 0-)

    Gingrich said that Reagan's Anti-Soviet Policies Are 'Pathetically Incompetent'

    Now this isn't from the ethics report, but Pelosi would be sure to make it known. The article from Business Insider today is already trying to.

    •  Gingrich, the GOP heretic! (4+ / 0-)
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    •  Good catch... (3+ / 0-)
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      from linked article

      The best examples come from a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986. This was right in the middle of the fight over funding for the Nicaraguan contras; the money had been cut off by Congress in 1985, though Reagan got $100 million for this cause in 1986. Here is Gingrich: “Measured against the scale and momentum of the Soviet empire’s challenge, the Reagan administration has failed, is failing, and without a dramatic change in strategy will continue to fail. . . . President Reagan is clearly failing.” Why? This was due partly to “his administration’s weak policies, which are inadequate and will ultimately fail”; partly to CIA, State, and Defense, which “have no strategies to defeat the empire.” But of course “the burden of this failure frankly must be placed first on President Reagan.” Our efforts against the Communists in the Third World were “pathetically incompetent,” so those anti-Communist members of Congress who questioned the $100 million Reagan sought for the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels “are fundamentally right.” Such was Gingrich’s faith in President Reagan that in 1985, he called Reagan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in Munich.”
      In the only mention of Gingrich ever in Reagan's diary, the president wrote that  Gingrich's ideas would "cripple our defense program."

      Of course, the SuperPAC aligned ith Mitt Romney's has turned that aside into an attack ad. Here below: click on link for vid

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 08:55:47 AM PST

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