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Reagan’s Progressive Foreign Policy

Lawrence J. Korb explains how President Reagan was much more of a progressive than many admit.

Recently when I appeared on CNBC to discuss the crisis in Egypt, I received an email from a listener asking how someone who served about 5 years in the Reagan administration could now work at a progressive, i.e. liberal, think tank like the Center for American Progress. I received similar emails when I headed up Barack Obama’s national security group during the 2008 campaign and debated people from the Clinton and McCain campaigns.

The answer is pretty simple: Reagan was much more of a progressive than many of those celebrating his 100th birthday now admit, particularly those who supported the policies of the administration of George W. Bush. Let me give just a few examples.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow