Speaking of Saint Ronnie, as I just was, in one of my less-than-finest moments, this recent article from America's Finest News Source reminded me of his finest hours:
Citing the country's long history of winning wars against sovereign nations with actual standing armies, the Pentagon's top brass repeatedly assured reporters they would "completely wipe the floor" with such an opponent if given the chance, and promised they would make America "very, very proud."
"We'd be really grateful if the United States became embroiled in a war requiring us to bomb munitions factories, engage in aerial dogfights, or torpedo battleships," said Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Amos, noting that when it comes to facing actual armies with actual naval and air weaponry, the U.S. is "great at that stuff." "I guarantee it would be an absolute slam dunk for us."
"Come on," the four-star general added, "we really, really need this."
Let us recall that Ronald Reagan, no doubt hunkering commander-in-chiefly in the war room, boldly sent the full force of American military might against our existential and towering foe, Grenada, protecting for another generation the rights of mediocre students to attend medical school. As the historic victory was secured, he proclaimed to a grateful land that, once again, America was "walking tall."
After Vietnam, it was just what we needed.
And thus was set in stone (age) the love of Rs for mythology, pyrotechnics, and dumb. Reaganomics, after all, failed out of the gate and forever after. But war? The guy had a gift.