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Conflicting statistics, Bawney Fwank, and SDI, all in one single topic!
The BON's HNN article is more or less accurate as far as I'm aware. As for the "whitewash theory" of the financial crisis (per Krugman), tell them to start with the FCIC report and come back in a week or so.
So he's going to get away with saying that the Reagan MIC and arms race crippled the Soviet economy?
Er, no, the HNN article is consistent with the Wikipedia articles in noting that the USSR was already crumbling by the time he got into office. Reagan was lucky to a great degree, though he did capitalize on his fortunate circumstances to a great degree as well.