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A Not-So-Fine Balance

Jim Hoagland’s column has been terrific since the war on terrorism started, but the latest one is weak. He’s trying to say that Reagan’s record had its blemishes, as of course it did. But it’s not obvious that we should join Hoagland in thinking the Reagan-induced end of Helmut Schmidt’s career was one of them (or that the end of his career was “premature”). Hoagland suggests en passant that George Schultz did more to win the Cold War than Reagan. Trying to make that case could have made for an interesting column.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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