20 years ago today

On this day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan addressed a teeming crowd at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, yards from communism’s most enduring symbol, the Berlin Wall, and challenged Gorbachev basically to put up or shut up on his claims of a “new” Soviet policy.

“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

The story behind the speech, including the State Department’s attempts to suppress it as “provocative,” is reported by Scott Johnson at Power Line today. Courtesy of Scott as well, here’s the money quote from the speech:

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