The Wisdom of Ronald Reagan 2

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally, not a 20 percent traitor.”
—Ronald Reagan
(Shown here on 8 December 1987 signing a treaty with Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman of the Soviet Union. White House photo)

They were signing the (take a deep breath) Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. The easier-to-remember “INF Treaty” was ratified by the U.S. Senate on 27 May 1988, and came into force on 1 June 1988. By May 1991, 2,692 nuclear missiles were removed, making the world a much safer place.

This is #2 of 3 Reagan quotes this week.


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