This article is from Salon.com, which is the internet's oldest online-only magazine. It was founded in 1995, and tends to lean towards the political left. This article is critique of Ronald Reagan's priorities, specifically when it came to the aids crisis that swept the United States during hiss presidency. Alex Pareene, the articles author, puts forward the argument that Reagan was much more concerned about UFOs and potential alien invasion, citing several examples of Reagan discussing on several occasions, both in private and during his speeches, the possible danger of an alien invasion. Reagan even went as far as to discuss it with then president of Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev. The articles main critique comes in the fact that despite Reagan constantly discussing this hypothetical threat, he very rarely discussed the very real problem of aids. Reagan, in fact, did not make any kind of public statement on the aids until 1987, well into his second term and by then, up to thirty thousand people had died from the epidemic. The article speculates that this could be to do with Reagan's spiritual beliefs and political allignments, having famously courted right wing Christians during his election campaigns, but ultimately concludes that regardless of the reason, many Americans died because the Reagan administration did not make the aids epidemic a priority.
A record of Ronald Reagan's UFO sightings.