May 18, 2018

RIP Richard Pipes, Hero of the Cold War

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Ronald Reagan trenchantly warned that “every generation faces an existential threat to freedom.” Yesterday, America lost Richard Pipes, a man who played an outsized, yet largely unsung, role in helping President Reagan defeat that threat in his time: Soviet Communism. 

Professor Pipes was the world’s foremost historian of Russia, before, during and after Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik revolutionaries conquered that country.  He was also a driving force behind the Committee on the Present Danger and “Team B,” two groups that helped Mr. Reagan conceive and then execute a strategy for liberating Russians and the world of the Soviet blight.

A hearing in the House Intelligence Committee yesterday underscored the need for a similar strategy and effort to counter our time’s Communist threat to freedom: China.  It will be inspired by the leadership and success of Dr. Richard Pipes.

This is Frank Gaffney. 

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