Thirty years ago in a now-famous speech given at Westminster Palace, President Ronald Reagan argued that the West shouldn't just criticize or contain Soviet behavior but also challenge the basic legitimacy of the Soviet system.
The Washington Post commemorated the anniversary of
the speech in an editorial Friday, adding the "ash heap of
history" phrase was one Reagan personally wrote into the address,
according to Reagan at Westminster: Foreshadowing the End of the Cold War
(TAMU Press, 2011).
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