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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rand Paul Invoked Ronald Reagan!

In fulfillment of our promise to visit Rand "The Younger" Paul's proclamation of his campaign to secure the GOP 2016 presidential nomination, we will start with this tidbit. On Paul' s Proclamation Day, that old refrain was ever-present: "Ronald Reagan!"

As USA Today published it, "Paul channels Ronald Reagan on Iran." 

Rand Paul's proclamation was laced with inaccuracies, outright lies and common Paul misinformation. His foray into tapping conservative America's misguided affinity for Ronald Reagan is typically Paul. A strategy that may bear fruit for some GOP Primary voters, but no nearly enough of an inertia to move him to the nominee for 2016. Either Paul continues to employee advisers who are not ready for prime time or he has totally disregard for a need to respect his audience via a higher (than common) level of veracity. I personally would not expect such from Paul, but his audience should have a level of comfort in a different Paul as he runs for president.

A January 2015 Vanity Fair piece depicts Ronald Reagan as not the deity often promulgated by Republicans seeking political campaign leverage. Reagan may have been the "father of Modern Conservatism", but he was as false a conservative prophet as any since the credibly conservative days of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Vanity Fair, "The Irony and the Ecstasy."

Rand Paul despite all deception has to know of Roland Reagan's Iran-Contra Scandal. Yet, he like all Republicans seek to roll-out Ronald Reagan as their sole beacon of pride and political campaign tool. 

Yesterday, Paul offered-up a metaphorical and analogous reference of Ronald Reagan in regarding Iran's nuclear research program. He speaks form a position of weakness in an effort to appeal to GOP primary voters (people who without question voted twice for George W. Bush). The Republican party lives in a quagmire. If Ronald Reagan will be the battle mantra ;throughout the GOP Primaries, the campaigners will simply provide fodder for Democratic strategist for the General Election. As stated above Reagan was an empty suit int he Oval Office. There is no greater failure during the Reagan Administration than his unyielding support for the Nicaraguan Contras against the 

socialist Sandinista National Liberation Front.

The Iran-Contra Affair was a clandestine action not approved of by the United States Congress. It began in 1985, when President Ronald Reagan's administration supplied weapons to Iran¹ — a sworn enemy — in hopes of securing the release of American hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah terrorists loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's leader. This article is rooted in the Iran Hostage Crisis.
Reagan testifies
The U.S. took millions of dollars from the weapons sale and routed them and guns to the right-wing "Contra"² guerrillas in Nicaragua. The Contras were the armed opponents of Nicaragua's Sandinista Junta of National Reconstruction, following the July 1979 overthrow of strongman Anastasio Somoza Debayle and the ending of the Somoza family's 43-year reign.  Greatest Failures of President Reagan
The Iran-Contra Affair in which arms were traded for hostages and the proceeds were given to the anti-communist rebels, the Contras in Nicaragua.

• A Memorandum sent January 17, 1986 titled, Covert Action Finding Regarding Iran, from John Poindexter to Reagan recommends the sale of 4000 TOW weapons to Iran for the release of American hostages. The memo is authorized with Reagan’s signature. This document is significant because it provides undeniable proof that Reagan was clear that his administration trading arms for hostages and was doing so with his authorization. 

• Personal notes from Oliver North taken in 1986 in regards to his meeting Manuel Noriega. North proposed that in return for Noriega’s assassination of Sandinista leadership and helping the Contra’s, U.S. pressure would subside in regards to Panama’s drug smuggling and the U.S. would help “clean up” their image. There is also mention of establishing training camps in Panama for Contra operatives. These notes signify Noriega’s. involvement and what the U.S. would give in return for his assistance. 

• Personal notes from Caspar Weinberger that describe conversations which Reagan was determined to trade arms for hostages, quote “President sd. he could answer charges of illegality but he couldn't answer charges that 'big strong President Reagan passed up chance to free hostages.” Weinberg and Secretary of State Shultz objected to Reagan’s position vehemently. These notes represent the point in which leaders in his own administration disagreed with him and attempted to sway the President from his course.  

• Document written on April 4, 1986 by Oliver North which makes the clear connection between the arms for hostages deals and the backing of the Contras. Before the release of this document, it was unclear that a connection existed between the two events. 

• Excerpts from George H.W. Bush’s diary between November 4-5, 1986 which note his full understanding of the entire affair. This is significant because Bush failed to disclose his diary  to investigators and then pardoned several players in the affair.  

• Memorandum For Record by Caspar Weinberger on November 10, 1986 which describes an important meeting in the Oval Office with the President and other members of the administration. This is significant because it is the first of several attempts by the administration to produce a unified response to the scandal which was growing in popularity. 

• November 13, 1986 Reagan addressed the nation, denying a variety of charges and stating: "We did not—repeat—did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages, nor will we." 

• Subsequently Reagan appointed the Tower Commission (Special Review Board for the National Security Council) which issued a report highly critical of his management.  

Ronald Reagan on his Administration and Iran-Contra Part I; Part II.
Even for Rand Paul it is amazing to have such a bold Reagan "grab."
Additional Resource: Milt Shook's PCTC Blog

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