Indeed, Reagan avoided any significant and protracted commitment of U.S. troops anywhere. In 1982, to be sure, he ordered U.S. forces into Lebanon for a peacekeeping mission. But after a suicide bomber killed 241 Marines the following year, he saw that he had made a mistake, and he pulled the troops out, giving no thought to "liberating" Lebanon. It was a small, sad chapter in American history, but at least Reagan kept it from becoming a big, sad chapter. [Emphasis mine]
And so, the Cold War drew to its victorious close just months after Reagan left office in 1989. In his eight years, Americans fired barely a shot. That was the Reagan Doctrine, and it worked brilliantly. The claims of today's neoconservatives notwithstanding, the Bush Doctrine is something else entirely.
Pinkerton is a real Conservative, not a Jesus freak, and I respect his opinions.