johnmartin said:A great man indeed whose feats were only ever recognised after his presidency. He took the hard decisions to re-arm America in the face of increasing Soviet sabre rattling. The strategic placing of defensive armaments in Europe and the public announcement of SDI also placed the Soviets on the back foot and forced them to re-think their strategies. This led directly to successive cuts in the nuclear arsenals of both sides and ultimately, with Soviet economic collapse, the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the fall of communism. The relative peace which we enjoy today is directly attributable to the policies of the Reagan administration. George W. Bush and the hawks in the current administration could learn a lot from their own recent history.
On a personal note. My father passed away last December, also from Alzheimers. I believe my mother shielded us from my dads illness for a long time but from the time he went into hospital until his death it was only a matter of months. President Reagan was ill for 10 years and I can only imagine the harrowing effect it had on his family. Like me I hope they find solace in the belief that their loved one has found peace and view his passing as a happy release from a particularly cruel illness.