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       I think Ronald Reagan was a horrible President.  He exploded the deficit to pay for his stupid Star Wars Project while at the same time cutting taxes to a point where his unemployment rate was 10.8%.  Reagan's policies destroyed American Families by empowering Lobbyists, who collectively bargain for Corporations, while at the same time ending Unions, who collectively bargain for American workers.   Reagan's Administration was corrupt and many in his Administration were convicted for illegally selling US Weapons to Iran (Iran/Contra) in exchange for hostages.  Some of those Reagan Admin people have been hired by Mitt Romney and are helping to run his campaign.  

        But, the GOP think Reagan is God - they're crazy - so to the extent that the GOP think Reagan is God: anyone who remembers the April 1983 US Embassy car bombing in Beirut and the October 1983 US Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut would agree, Ronald Reagan would have told Romney surrogate, Jason Chaffetz, and Darrell Issa and to STFU in their rush to politicize the death of 4 Americans in the ambush in Libya.

       In Romney's rush to politicize a national security tragedy, Romney's surrogate, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) & Darrell Issa have caused a bigger national security tragedy.

        On Friday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Rep. Darrell Issa compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when they released reams of State Department communications in a letter they both signed and published on the House.gov website.

          In their haste to politicize 4 Americans getting killed in an ambush at the Consulate in Libya, Chaffetz and Issa did not bother to redact the names of Libyan civilians and local leaders mentioned in the cables, thus putting their lives in danger and hampering US Intel in Libya.

         The State Department condemned Chaffetz and Issa's negligence and said,

"This does damage to the individuals because they are named, danger to security cooperation because these are militias and groups that we work with and that is now well known, and danger to the investigation, because these people could help us down the road."
        Darrell Issa and Romney surrogate Jason Chaffetz said they put the lives of Libyans working with US Intel in danger and wrote:
"The American people deserve nothing less than a full explanation from this administration about these events, including why the repeated warnings about a worsening security situation appear to have been ignored by this administration."

~ Darrell Issa and Romney surrogate Jason Chaffetz letter to President Obama

        Now, about the April 1983 US Embassy car bombing in Beirut and the October 1983 US Marine Barracks car bombing in Beirut in which I think Ronald Reagan would have told Jason Chaffetz & Darrell Issa to STFU in their rush to politicize the death of 4 Americans in the ambush in Libya.

April 1983 US Embassy in Beirut Car Bombing:
         I recall the April 18, 1983 US Embassy car bombing in Beirut where 63 people where killed.

Americans killed in the 1983 US Embassy in Beirut car bombing:

-CIA's top Middle East analyst and Near East Director, Robert C. Ames,
-CIA Station Chief Kenneth Haas,
-United States Agency for International Development Director William R. McIntyre,
-2 aides to McIntyre,
-6 CIA staff members,
-and several Marine Security Guards.

     No witch hunt from Congress commenced in 1983 even though the presidential campaigns had begun.  Instead, the next day, April 19, 1983 Congress voted to approve $251 million in additional economic and military aid for Lebanon, as requested by the Reagan Administration.
       

October 1983 Marine Barracks in Beirut car Bombing
        A mere 6 months later, October 23, 1983, the US Marines Barracks in Beirut was attacked by another car bomb and 241 American US Troops were killed representing the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II.  

        Again, after 241 Marines were killed in their Barracks in Beirut, no witch hunt from Congress commenced in 1983 even though the threat level in Beirut was clearly up after the April Embassy bombing.

1984 US Embassy in Beirut Car Bomb again (2 months before Pres Election):
        The US Embassy in Beirut was moved to East Beirut after the April 18, 1983 US Embassy attack. On September 20, 1984 (less than 2months before the Presidential election) the US Embassy in East Beirut was bombed via a car bomb killing 22 people. No witch hunt from Congress commenced in 1984 even though the elections were coming up.

        Do Issa and Romney surrogate Jason Chaffetz think Reagan's foreign policy was a failure because "the repeated warnings about a worsening security situation appear to have been ignored by this [Reagan] administration."   pledged to keep a military force in Lebanon.

        Reagan never, ever, retaliated for either one of Beirut bombings and no one was ever "brought to justice" for killing all those Americans in Beirut in 1983.  Also, after years of investigation the Beirut bombings were thought to have been committed by the Lebanese militant group.

        In June 1985, Reagan Administration released a report from the Secretary of State's Advisory Panel on Overseas Security called, The Inman Report, in response to both the April 1983 US Embassy bombing and the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon.  

        So, did the Republicans in 1983 wonder why it took Reagan's Admin over 2 years to issue their report?  Did the Republicans in 1983 wonder why Reagan didn't beef up security in Beirut so as to prevent the Marine's Barracks from being attacked by a car bomb?

        I ask those questions because the Republicans today sure as hell want people to think President Obama's Administration should have issued a report the next fucking day and certainly by now.

         The current House Republicans clearly fail History ... and I do think Ronald Reagan would have told Issa and Romney's surrogate, Jason Chaffetz to STFU in their rush to politicize the death of 4 Americans in the ambush in Libya.

         Romney surrogate, Jason Chaffetz cares so little about national security the he and Darrell Issa put the lives of Libyans working with US Intel in danger and thwarted national security missions they were working on.

         Additionally Jason Chaffetz and Darrell Issa, both voted to cut the amount of funding requested by President Obama -- funding that was to pay for an increase in security at Embassies and Consulates around the world -- argue that yes they did vote to cut the funding for increased security -- but -- funding was not cut as low as they wanted the funds to be cut so they should not be criticized for wanting to cut the funding request President Obama asked for.

        Why?  Why did the GOP in Congress vote to cut the amount of funding President Obama asked for to increase security at our Embassies?  Could the answer lie in Robert Draper's book where he outlines that on January 20, 2009 Rep. Paul Ryan and 11 other GOP Congressmen plotted to sabotage America so as to make Obama a 1-term President?  

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  •  Reagan invaded Grenada two days after (0+ / 0-)

    the barracks bombing.  Great way to deflect attention from the Beirut disaster don't you think?

  •  Can we stop using Ronald Reagan (3+ / 0-)

    as a positive example to compare with today's Republicans?  The fact that Hitler followed him does not make Kaiser Wilhelm a humanitarian.

    Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

    by Troubadour on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:13:58 AM PDT

    •  Godwin for the win (2+ / 0-)
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      Totally agree.  I think the invasion of grenada and iran-contra proved reagan was as immoral as they come.

      •  I don't know much about Grenada (1+ / 0-)
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        but Iran-Contra definitely showed that Reagan was just a typical lying Republican criminal with no respect for law or common decency.

        Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

        by Troubadour on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:23:44 AM PDT

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      •  fersure (1+ / 0-)
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        Iran Contra/20 years later & what it means

        David Corn ended that piece (2006) with this:

        "One can hope, though, that the disingenuous, reality-defying engineers of the current disaster will be too old or too discredited to return to power two decades from now."
        ironic

        "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

        by Sybil Liberty on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:32:19 AM PDT

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      •  I've come around on Grenada (0+ / 0-)

        You had a situation where a violent coup...backed by foreign Cuban troops...put many civilian lives at risk of retaliation and several hundred Americans at risk of becoming hostages a la Iran in 1979.

        And yes, there was the factor that a hardline coup government could have become a big Soviet airbase between the US and our South American allies.

        Now, did Reagan blatantly exploit the Grenada War to distract from the Barracks bombing?  Indeed he did.  He didn't even address the bombing to a national audience until AFTER he could point at the success of Grenada.  And most incredulously...his national speech about Beirut makes no mention of Iran as the likely culprit...preferring instead to insinuate a shadowy Soviet plot via Syria.

        I find most of Reagan's Latin American policy...from Nicaragua to El Salvador to Honduras to Panama...to be downright reprehensible, and Iran-Contra borderline treasonous...but the specific intervention in Grenada brought about a swift and complete end to a potential Haiti-style humanitarian disaster and all risk of a hostage situation involving the US students.  With the ancillary benefit of preventing Grenada from becoming another 'proxy war' like Nicaragua or Angola.

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        by TarantinoDork on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 09:36:32 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed - Reagan sucked but the point of this (0+ / 0-)

      was to point out that the GOP God, Reagan, would have told Issa & Romney's Surrogate Chaffetz to STFU.

      •  Okay, but they don't care. (0+ / 0-)

        Facts don't have a place in Republican ideology - Reagan is just a symbol to them, not a historical person.  And we don't care either, because we know Ronald Reagan was a terrible American and a criminal president.  So what is really the point of making such comparisons?

        Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

        by Troubadour on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:32:25 AM PDT

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        •  Agreed - and that is exactly what this Diary (1+ / 0-)
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          points out.

          GOP fail history
          GOP don't give a f'ck about reality

          in short, Romney's Surrogate, Jason Chaffetz & Darrell Issa put America's national security at risk.

          •  What I'm saying is that (0+ / 0-)

            such comparisons do more damage by implicitly affirming the false cultural perception that Reagan had moral authority than any benefit they might provide by highlighting a relatively mild example of Republican hypocrisy and amnesia.

            Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

            by Troubadour on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:38:42 AM PDT

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        •  BTW: I added a new 1st & 2nd paragraph (2+ / 0-)
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          that incorporates your thoughts ... I hope you read them

          •  I can see you're putting some work into this (1+ / 0-)
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            so I'm not trying to dump on it or anything.  My issue is with such comparisons in general - that we have a bad habit of thinking we're doing ourselves a favor with them when we're just lending undue credence to the perception of Reagan having moral authority.  He lived in the same murky swamp as the vermin who now run his Party, and the fact that the GOP has sunk a few layers lower in that swamp is really not that important compared to simply noting that it's a swamp.

            Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

            by Troubadour on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:41:42 AM PDT

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            •  I appreciate and understand your point (0+ / 0-)

              But, my point to this Diary was simply to point out that even the GOP god would have told Issa & Chaffetz to stfu.

              •  But *who cares* what the GOP god would have said? (0+ / 0-)

                We quote FDR, they don't.  They quote Reagan, and we do too.  Net result: Twice as many Reagan quotes as FDR quotes, and Reagan appears to have a patina of bipartisan acknowledgement as a moral authority.

                Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

                by Troubadour on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 08:18:09 AM PDT

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