The Legacy of President Ronald Reagan

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During the 1980s, the legacy of Ronald Reagan was reflected upon the Iran-Contra affair, the fall of communism, and the impact of illegal drugs. The Iran-Contra affair jeopardized the very legacy of the president. Reagan was appraised for and credited for the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the global threat of communism. Another form of threat to the legacy of Reagan and his administration was the threat of illegal drugs in the United States. Thus proving how much the 1980s was an era of both turmoil and triumph that could have affected the outcome of the president's legacy. A situation known as the Iran-Contra Affair arose, which altered his legacy and the public opinion which casted a shadow over Ronald Reagan's presidency. The origins of the affair arose from the Sandinista (Communist) government that was ruling in Nicaragua, which the United States wanted to be replaced by the Contras which were trained and funded by the United States. Congress halted the project after reports of human rights abuse from the Contras by the Boland Amendment(Aboukhadijeh). Members of the Reagan administration including Reagan himself wanted to continue to funding of the Contras but to do it in secrecy so a plan was developed Only by the ongoing Iran-Iraq war in 1985 was this possible to happen(PBS). Iran wanted to buy some weapons such as missiles from the United States and then the profits from these sales would go to aiding the Contras. Despite the ongoing embargo of selling weapons to Iran, National Security Adviser, Robert McFarlane addressed President Reagan claiming that the sale of weapons would improve relations with Iran and Lebanon(PBS). Reagan was driven by a different goal, and that was to free the seven American host... ... middle of paper ... ...ightest bit. Reagan's legacy is most remembered and credited for bringing down communism for the destruction of the Soviet Union which made Reagan a national hero therefore giving him more than just public praise. Finally when thinking of Reagan, illegal drugs are not really what comes to mind as Reagan sought to eliminate an impossible problem, although Reagan himself is not hurt by illegal drugs, the CIA under his watch is a thorn in his legacy. . Works Cited Aboukhadijeh, Feross. "Ford, Carter, and Reagan" StudyNotes.org. StudyNotes, Inc., 17 Nov. 2012. Web. 20 May. 2014. . http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a1981mxreagancheney http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/reagan-iran/ http://rationalrevolution.net/war/cia_drug_connection_under_reagan.htm
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