New questions about relations between US, Russia
Could the president learn any lessons from Reagan?
- Duration 6:42
- Date Jun 19, 2012
Could the president learn any lessons from Reagan?
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Diplomats journalists and political bloggers trying to interpret the body language from yesterday's meeting between -- President Obama.
And Russian president Vladimir Putin.
This is the first time the two had faced each other since Russia refused to stop.
A weapons shipment to Syria was actually the first time that they've -- down for -- to face to face since 2009.
But then later in the day they were seen laughing and joking leaving some to wonder what gives.
Completely opposite of President Reagan during the Cold War -- -- need body language experts -- analysis on tone of voice.
President Reagan was very clear from the outset and his dealings with the Russians.
You may remember this chestnut.
General secretary Gorbachev.
If you -- piece.
If you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
If you seek liberalization.
Come here to this gate.
Open this gate.
-- down this wall.
What lessons can be learned from that.
Michael Reagan is a political consultant and chairman of the Reagan group.
And your father's relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev.
Has become the stuff of history books as we look today.
At the current relationship between the American and the Russian president's put in perspective for us historically.
All historically you know when the Russians always respect strength.
And what you had going on yesterday it was you had one president there.
Dealing from a deck of cards that was basically.
A very weak hand and another president sitting there with a very strong pull with a strong and our -- -- with a weekend.
When Ronald Reagan sat down -- Mikhail Gorbachev.
Back in the eighties he sat down with a very strong hand he had start worth going for him he was working to undermine the currency the Ruble.
They're in Russia.
And he was very strong not only -- rhetoric -- -- to me but also when Mikhail Gorbachev.
And -- -- would chop believe him when he said I'm going to put hue on the ash heap of history he backed it up would strike.
In this administration.
There's absolutely none -- when you have a president the First -- he did was what.
Ronald Reagan walked away from -- Vick becomes a Star Wars and -- -- end.
Barack Obama first thing he did was take away missile defense from Poland.
And from the Czech Republic I would third 2009.
On the twentieth anniversary of freedom for those two countries.
And the first question the president -- -- when asked to me that morning at breakfast was.
Why did your president take away our missile defense that afternoon the ambassador to Poland from -- Asked me the very same question and you had.
This administration the first thing they were doing was caving again.
To the Russian government and they do not respect and America that caves into them they only respect.
Strength and my father used to say peace through strength.
You talk about -- your father as saying that this communism was gonna wind up on the ash heap of history and -- was it as part of one of his speeches as consider the original evil empire.
Speech was given back in 1982.
June 8 1982.
Here's a little bit of that.
I have discussed on other occasions including my address on May ninth.
The elements of western policies.
Toward the Soviet Union.
To safeguard our interest to protect the peace.
But I'm describing now was it planned to hold for the long term.
The march of freedom and democracy which we'll leave marxism leninism on the ash heap of history.
As it has left other attorneys which strive for the freedom and -- the self expression of the people.
Can help us understandable.
How does that work they might have the Rodney King foreign policy and we all just get along here.
That may work in Poughkeepsie.
But it does not work with -- and that.
Part of the world.
They only respect strength when you have potent who is in fact.
Very much involved with the -- and their nuclear arms when you have a -- who's very involved with sending weapons to Syria and our president.
Can't do anything about it because he doesn't deal from a deck of cards to strike only weaknesses when he was with not a bad.
The other day what about a year ago the former president of Russia what do you say have put in calmed down I could take care of things happening election more so than I can do now.
That's another sign a weakness they have no respect for that.
You know we were supposed to have hit the reset button there was that.
Sort of weird that you have a lot of Hillary Clinton and their -- and counter it are literally pressing a reset button.
To mark that you know the new era of our relations with Russia but it doesn't seem like we have a whole lot of power over at them.
And -- and one of our analysts were saying it today.
It's because in part we need them to allow us to fly over Russia to supply our troops in Afghanistan I mean even if we go out there with the most bellicose language possible talking.
You know in a strong force and -- sort of asserting the American exceptional -- and -- on we still need that passage so you know.
How much will language and attitude and you know.
Changed the realities of.
Under what you're trying to sell the American people is as long as we used that passage to take care for people in Afghanistan.
It's okay that -- send weapons to Syria.
So that they can kill their own citizen so I mean that's what -- say.
With this cooperation.
If if you have a strong president a world leader.
You wouldn't have this kind of a situation the problem that we have today is there are no leaders in the world.
I'm maybe more pole sitting there in in Germany it but you have nobody surrounding her well Reagan had lady Thatcher had.
Buckle hobble what went -- Pope John Paul he had these people around him in ordered to fight.
The evil empire right now there's no president in Washington who's willing to bring everybody together.
Towards one goal that the freedom of the world and stopping Russia from sponsoring state terrorism.
Amazingly here's some of your -- remarks about -- -- -- -- -- -- -- and we played so many times but it really it makes you feel something.
He was a politician who could not only get things but he made you feel.
And it's just one of the many reasons they called him degree -- 25 years ago Michael Reagan think -- there.