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Ronald Reagan Cared More About UFOs Than AIDS

From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex.ufobras.nul>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:08:06 -0200
Archived: Sat, 05 Feb 2011 09:53:55 -0500
Subject: Ronald Reagan Cared More About UFOs Than AIDS

Source: www.salon.com



Ronald Reagan Cared More About UFOs Than AIDS

He often dreamed of the world coming together to battle
spacemen, but never gave much thought to an actual kille

Ronald Reagan claimed to have seen UFOs on at least two
occasions, according to reports from sources as disparate as the
Wall Street Journal, Lucille Ball and the National Enquirer. He
alerted the Navy to one of his sightings, and he and Nancy
believed that Egyptian hieroglyphics referenced extraterrestrial
flying craft.

In 1985, at the first summit meeting between Reagan and Mikhail
Gorbachev, Reagan surprised the Soviet premier with this odd
line of questioning:

"From the fireside house, President Reagan suddenly said to me,
'What would you do if the United States were suddenly attacked
by someone from outer space? Would you help us?'

"I said, 'No doubt about it.'"

"He said, 'We too.'"

"So that's interesting," Gorbachev said to much laughter.

That hypothetical space invaders scenario - a sort of "this
island Earth" fantasy that sounds profound to either the
screenwriter of a 1950s B picture or a very high college
freshman - was so compelling to Reagan that he repeated it in
public speeches, on multiple occasions, while President.

Reagan talked about this alien threat all the time, to the
apparent consternation of his staff. When his 1987 U.N. assembly
speech didn't include the alien story, he wrote, "and toward the
end perhaps I still would like my 'fantasy' - how quickly our
differences world wide would vanish if creatures from another
planet should threaten this world."

If Ronald Reagan was a genuine UFO nutter or simply in thrall to
a simplistic sci-fi plot makes no difference to me. But the fact
remains that he spent a lot of time talking about spacemen.
Spacemen killed, according to my estimates, no Americans, at
all, during Reagan's presidency.

Reagan never mentioned AIDS until he was directly questioned
about it in his second term, and he never gave a public
statement on the epidemic until 1987, when 20,000-30,000 people
had already died from it. When it came up in press briefings, it
was, at first, a subject of humorous cajoling. Later, the
President was advised not to say that children couldn't catch
AIDS from casual contact. Members of the Reagan inner circle
attacked Surgeon General C. Everett Koop for encouraging sex
education and condom use. The Centers for Disease Control was
underfunded and there was never a comprehensive plan for dealing
with the epidemic.

The President mentions in a 1985 diary entry, in passing, that
Rock Hudson was rumored to have AIDS - and the topic doesn't
come up again for two years. (And for some reason, late in his
term, he begins consistently misspelling it, as "Aides.") There
isn't much evidence that he devoted much time at all to even
thinking about AIDS, which was killing a frankly staggering
number of Americans throughout his entire presidency. Edmund
Morris recalls him wondering if "the Lord brought down this
plague [because] illicit sex is against the Ten Commandments,"
which does not sound like the statement of a man who's given the
disease much thought.

Whether he himself was an anti-gay bigot who thought that the
disease was a punishment from an angry god or simply a callous
old man (surrounded by Christian right ideologues) who didn't
concern himself with what was killing so many homosexuals hardly
matters. People died either way, because the government didn't
make fighting the epidemic a priority.

Maybe, instead of imagining or wishing for an extraterrestrial
threat that could've united mankind in an all-out militaristic
space battle to save the future, the Great Communicator could've
spared some of that SDI money to battle an actual, existent
threat, with a similar disregard for borders or nations.

* Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon. Email him at
apareene.nul and follow him on Twitter .nul More: Alex

BTW: See two small videos (Reagan Comments on ET Alien Threat)
and (Regan's ALIEN speech to UN) at:


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