Ahhhh ... you youngun's don't remember life under Reagan...
- so many corporate types in Cabinet who all benefited massively from their decisions,
- the HUD grants scandal where GOP donors were awarded lucrative grants,
- The sacking of over 20 of the top personnel of the EPA over three years with more than half targeted because of their party registration along with its legislative gutting so that it was ineffective (along with redirecting EPA superfund moneys to GOP re-election activities).
- trickle down economics (Reaganomics) resulting in breadlines and soup kitchens in most large cities and large homeless camps, made worse by his intellectual love fest with Thatcher
- Reagan's war on terror and his war on drugs (yep he started both of these),
- the Iran-Contra affair where the Sec of Defense was pardoned before trial, but both the chief of the CIA and Reagan's National Security Advisor were found criminally guilty
- training and funding Bin-Laden and Saddam Hussein to fight the Russians and Iran respectively
- Chaos in South Americas with coups planned and puppet governments installed and supported from Washington (anyone remember the Sandinistas, Ollie North, Pinochet, assassin training in the School of the Americas, Haiti assassinations, Argentine dirty war, the disappeared etc etc),
Some of that is right, and some of it is revisionism.
The War on Drugs was underway well before Reagan - LBJ was strongly anti-drugs, as was Nixon, as it was a politically popular way to victimize the hippies and counter-cultural revolution that started in the mid-to-late 1960s. Being hard on drugs enjoyed mostly bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans until Carter came along, and then obviously Reagan picked up where LBJ and Nixon had left things.
Sandinistas came to power in Nicaragua in 1979, before Reagan, and partly due to Carter pulling the plug on the previous Somoza regime. Zero sum game, anyway - the country just swapped a fascist crook for a socialist crook, and that socialist crook (Ortega) is still in power today. My girlfriend is Nicaraguan so i feel like i'm pretty well up-to-speed on this one. With all these tinpot countries, my general view is it's almost moot to discuss who did what and when - they never have the institutions to hold any sort of leader to account (left or right wing), so it's almost by default a choice between a corrupt fascist leader and a corrupt socialist - choose your poison.
Pinochet was installed with the help of the Nixon administration, not Reagan. Pinochet committed horrendous human rights atrocities, but helped pull Chile out of the socialist-created economic hellhole it was, so i give him some credit.