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[As many H-Diplo members have noted, most of the Juan Cole essay that was posted on H-Diplo did not substantively concern foreign policy matters. As such, H-Diplo will end discussion of the essay with the message below. -- the editors] From: Joyce Milton This has nothing to do with diplomatic history, but since the Juan Cole article is posted I'd like to comment on the burning issue of "ketchup as a vegetable." Was it really so wrong of the Reagan administration to want to control the cost of the school lunch program? By the way, Ronald Reagan grew up eating "hamburgers" made out of oatmeal. He was one of the few truly poor boys ever to become president. So perhaps we should grant him some standing to critique the work of Michael Harrington, who did a lot more than identify isolated pockets of rural poverty. As I recall, Harrington's "other America" emcompassed one-fifth of the country, whose problems supposedly couldn't be addressed short of full-bore socialism. I'll leave the rest of this article to the experts. However, I can't help noting that the uncompassionate, unimaginative Reagan was quite able to imagine the horrors of the Gulag, unlike those who think it would have been better to keep propping up the Soviet system as long as possible.. Joyce Milton