Then and Now: Difference as Night and Day, or Sad to Say, Black and White
(GOP is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other)
This story popped up for a short while back in 2014 and just as sudden dropped off a cliff.
However, now Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the limelight and the subject of that 2014 piece, is ready to face a General Court Marital, so expect this topic to resurface and in this small part, is my way to do end.
This part of that 2014 story is what I consider the most-critical this situation:
First of all, there can be no doubt that President Reagan himself set a precedent of for dealing with terrorists — and that in a roundabout way has encouraged it ever since that now see worldwide.
Mr. Reagan and his administration convinced themselves they were dealing with “moderates” in Iran (try telling that to this GOP today).
But back then, that administration also famously sent Donald Rumsfeld to Iraq to hang out with Saddam Hussein. He also collaborated with Osama bin-Laden in building up the most extreme Mujahadeen elements fighting the old USSR in Afghanistan during those years, which I need not remind anyone they are the very forces that gave birth to the Taliban whom we are heavily engaged against today since we invaded after 9/11.
Two inserts not in the above story but connected and related from this archive:
(1) Carter’s National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on CNN that the U.S. organized and supported Bin Laden and the other originators of “Al Qaeda” in the 1970’s to fight the Soviets.
Brzezinski told Al Qaeda’s forefathers – the Mujahadeen, adding: “We know of their deep belief in god – that they’re confident that their struggle will succeed. That land over – there is yours – and you’ll go back to it someday, because your fight will prevail, and you’ll have your homes, your mosques, back again, because your cause is right, and god is on your side.”
(2) Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Gates confirmed in his memoir that the U.S. in fact did back the Mujahadeen in the 1970’s.
When his own hand-picked “Tower Commission” confirmed the basic facts of the Iran-contra scandal, Mr. Reagan went on national TV and said, “A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.”
How do you justify and measure that one, Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Pee? Tic toc, tic toc.
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