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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

Reagan Officials Reflect on KAL 007

With the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, many are recalling KAL 007, the Korean passenger plane that the Soviets shot down on Sept. 1, 1983 after it strayed off course and flew into Soviet territory. 269 people were killed. President Reagan addressed the nation on Sept. 5, saying, "This crime against humanity must never be forgotten, here or throughout the world." You can watch his remarks at http://bit.ly/1p2dHKV.

Administration officals reflected on KAL 007 in interviews for Reagan's oral history. Click read more for excerpts.