DaTech Guy and the Other McCain note the partisan bickering in the midst of coverage of Nelson Mandela.
Blame Reagan for Mandela's support of communists?
Might as well blame President Kennedy for Mandela's arrest during his term.
The South African authorities did what they did.
America and the Soviets tried to get various groups on their side throughout the Cold War.
When the Cold War ended, Mandela got his release.
Thus, Reagan actually freed Mandela.