Essay: Ghosts (Or: Does History Repeat?)

It is not easy to draw a straight line between Lebanon and Grenada. Yet both President Reagan and his critics have managed the feat. For the President, what connects the two points is a malevolent Soviet presence that seeks to turn trouble into opportunity. For the critics it is a trigger-happy, blustering President who turns diplomatic problems into snooting wars.

It is easier to draw a line between the President and his critics. They are joined by a common fear: that history will repeat itself. They disagree as to precisely what history is about...

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