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Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 5:06 p.m. MDT

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yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

DNews: "In doing so the Soviets exposed that the United States had been spying on Russia and that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had lied to cover it up."

My, my. Who would have ever thought that a President of the United States could have lied?

Let's see, since President Eisenhower, how many presidents have we had?

Ten.

Now, how many of those ten have lied to the American people at least once or more?

Eight for sure, and probably nine, with the only possible exception being Jimmy Carter.

I'll leave you to decide for yourself whether there was an ninth.

To give you a hint, that other possibility was not GWB.

DEW
Sandy, UT

R Regan doesn't lie and we Love IKE! Oh, USSR didn't spy for so many years, was that the TRUTH? I wondered if Russia are still spying today?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

DEW:

Come on Dew, Reagan didn't lie. Ever hear of the Iran-Contra affair?

Yes, the Soviets of yesteryear and Russians of today spy. And the US continues to spy. All good I suppose.

I think the big issue was the use of U-2 spy planes that violated Soviet air space. This would indirectly lead to another Cold War event a generation later when KAL 007, a civilian airliner filled with nearly 300 passengers, was shot down while over Soviet air space. The passenger airliner accidentally strayed into Soviet air space due to a navigation system's error and then was shot down. Reagan said the Soviets had shot down the plane on purpose knowing that it was a civilian jet airliner. It was later revealed the Soviet pilot regrettably acted on his own and misidentified the plane as it was night time and the plane's pilot didn't respond to the warning shots. Reagan's rhetoric actually escalated tensions between the two countries even after he learned the truth of the situation. But the Cold War backdrop and the past use of U-2 spy planes actually contributed to this tragic result.

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