Regarding the May 24 article “Reagan thought Nakasone ‘best’ Japan leader“: It might be noted that in the early 1980s, Reagan also admired Saddam Hussein (fighting the Iranians) and even Panama’s little drug-dealing dictator Manuel Noriega, who is now sitting quietly in a Florida prison cell after being arrested and convicted on related criminal charges.
And Reagan had nothing but the highest praise for the former bloody dictator of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, who was forced to seek asylum in Hawaii after being ousted from office during the “Corazon Aquino people’s revolution” in early 1986. A cancer-ridden Marcos was later indicted for embezzlement in the United States, and criminal charges were brought against him. Reagan called him “Ferd”!
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