Richard P. Sybert's letter (Jan. 17), "Reagan's Foreign Policy Record," provides a clear example of the simplistic view of the world held by far too many Americans today.
In his defense of the Reagan Administration's foreign policy, Sybert describes a world in which every conflict is a reflection of the U.S.-Soviet conflict, and matters are decided primarily by the actions of these superpowers.
He gives credit to the Reagan Administration for the "re-emergence" of democracy in Argentina and Brazil when, in fact, the United States had little to do with this. Likewise, he cites the beginning of negotiations between the combatants in El Salvador as evidence of the Administration's foreign policy success. Might not the credit for this go to the Salvadorans themselves?
Sybert even claims that "America's change of direction under Reagan" is responsible for the Soviets' problems with their own satellites. I guess the Afghans and Poles had just been waiting for the right U.S. President to come along to give them their cue.