- "We must not break faith with those who are risking their lives...on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua ... to defy Soviet aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth. Support for freedom fighters is self-defense."
The doctrine was supported strongly by foreign policy analysts at the influential, conservative Heritage Foundation, who helped define and politically advance it.
Critics of the doctrine argued that it would lead to so-called blowback, inflaming Third World hostilities to the United States.
But conservative advocates of the doctrine argued that it served not just the foreign policy and strategic objectives of the United States, but was a Cold War moral imperative against the former Soviet Union, which Reagan and many of his supporters labeled an "evil empire."
In the end, conservative advocates won the argument, and arms flowed to the Contras, Savimbi's Unita and the Mujahadeen.
- Myth: Reagan won the cold war