“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.