Bush desperately wants to grab the Reagan mantle, but he can't seem to do it -- here's Reagan's own ambassador to the Evil Empire denouncing the Bush approach to the Evildoers:
A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, many appointed to key positions by Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plan to issue a joint statement later this week arguing President George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November.
The group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, will explicitly condemn Bush's foreign policy and urge his defeat in November, according to several of those who signed the document....
Jack F. Matlock, who was appointed by Reagan as ambassador to the Soviet Union and retained in the post by George H.W. Bush, expressed similar views.
"Ever since Franklin Roosevelt, the U.S. has built up alliances in order to amplify its own power," he said. "But now we have alienated many of our closest allies, we have alienated their populations."
We've all been increasingly appalled at how the relationships that we worked so hard to build up have simply been shattered by the current administration in the method it has gone about things."...
--L.A. Times story
Matlock's saying this even as he's about to publish a book called Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended, in which, according to pre-release publicity, he calls Reagan a "man of vision."