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Who’s Going to Educate Mitt Romney Ronald Reagan Not Reponsible for Iran Hostage Release?

“I believe the right course is what Ronald Reagan called peace through strength. There’s a reason why the Iranians released the hostages on the same day and at the same hour that Reagan was sworn in. As president, I’ll offer that kind of clarity, strength and resolve.” – Mitt Romney


On this one, Politifact does a good job debunking Romney’s ridiculous historical rewrite.

A newly elected Ronald Reagan got to take all the credit, but it was largely due to Warren Christopher’s diplomatic skills and work of the Carter administration.

“Iran contacted the Carter administration in September 1980 with a proposal to end the hostage crisis,” said Gary Sick, a Columbia University professor who has written two books about the Iran hostage crisis. “The U.S. made a proposal. Iran responded with an unacceptable offer just a day or two before the election. Afterwards, they nominated the Algerians to act as intermediaries. Those valuable discussions went on until literally the day or two before the inauguration, and they were settled by the Iranians caving in on a number of issues that were extremely costly to them. By my calculations, the Iranians ended up paying about $300,000 per hostage per day of incarceration.” – Politifact

Romney’s bellicosity on Iran, but particularly his preening and hoisting himself above Pres. Obama as potential commander in chief is sheer hubris. But it gets down right offensive considering that Ronald Reagan ended up allowing Iran-Contra to happen on his watch and right under his own nose. That Pres. Reagan should have been impeached for it is another topic altogether.

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2 Responses to Who’s Going to Educate Mitt Romney Ronald Reagan Not Reponsible for Iran Hostage Release?

  1. fangio March 7, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    The Iranian’s just wanted to stick it to Carter for letting the Shah into the country for surgery.  I still think that rescue mission could have worked if it weren’t for some poor choices made by the planners.  As for peace thru strength;  well,  you see where that’s got us.

  2. Art Pronin March 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    BiBi gave Obama the Bk of Esther. This alone is most telling and perhaps alarming of where this is going fast

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