A Republican World – The ‘It’s All Obama’s Fault – Again’ Edition – ‘Ronald Reagan Gave Iran 1,500 Missiles for Hostages. Obama Trades Five Guys? GOP Heads Explode’
‘I don’t want to hear another word about GOP lawmakers chest-thumping and foaming-at-the-mouth about the fact that Obama traded, without the requisite 30-day notice to Congress, five indefinitely detained prisoners for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’.
‘You know why’?
‘In 1985, while Iran and Iraq were at war, Iran made a secret request to buy weapons from the United States’.
‘McFarlane sought President Reagan’s approval, in spite of the embargo against selling arms to Iran. McFarlane explained that the sale of arms would not only improve U.S. relations with Iran, but might in turn lead to improved relations with Lebanon, increasing U.S. influence in the troubled Middle East’.
‘Reagan was driven by a different obsession’.
‘He had become frustrated at his inability to secure the release of the seven American hostages being held by Iranian terrorists in Lebanon’.
‘As president, Reagan felt that “he had the duty to bring those Americans home.”
‘The arms-for-hostages proposal divided the administration’.
‘Longtime policy adversaries Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and Secretary of State George Shultz opposed the deal, but Reagan, McFarlane and CIA director William Casey supported it’.
‘With the backing of the president, the plan progressed’.
‘By the time the sales were discovered, more than 1,500 missiles had been shipped to Iran’.
‘Three hostages had been released, only to be replaced with three more, in what Secretary of State George Shultz called “a hostage bazaar.”
‘So GOP lawmakers are apoplectic about Obama not giving Congress the 30-day notice required by law before transferring any detainee from Guantanamo Bay, men who have mostly been detained without charge’?
‘But will raise President Reagan upon a pillar, a man who gave Iran over 1,500 missiles for the release of U.S. hostages’?
From : http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025033200