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"Reagan wasn't stupid - not like everyone says.
"Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted
his presidency to
winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making
people believe it was 'morning again in America,' died Saturday."
-- Terence Hunt, Attribution
In many of the early obituaries about Reagan, I was struck by
Reagan "devoted his presidency" to winning the cold war, which is different than winning it.
Reagan "tried" to scale back government, but became the biggest spender in presidential history.
As far as "making people believe it was 'morning again in America,' that was certainly true
for the white, the wealthy, the straight and the connected.
Behavior Worries Aides
"It reminds me of the Nixon days Everybody is an enemy;
everybody is out to get him. That's the mood over there."
The President's abrupt dismissal of CIA Directory George Tenet Wednesday night is, aides say, an example of how he works.
"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President
got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have
the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President
during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your
resignation and I want it now."
Tenet was allowed to resign "voluntarily"
and Bush informed his shocked staff of the decision Thursday morning.
One aide says the President actually described the decision as "God's will."
God may also be the reason Attorney General
John Ashcroft, the administration's lightning rod because of his questionable
actions that critics argue threatens freedoms granted by the Constitution, remains part of the power elite. West Wing staffers
call Bush and Ashcroft "the Blues Brothers" because "they're on a mission from God."
"The Attorney General is tight with the President
because of religion," says one aide.
"They both believe any action is justifiable in the name of God."
But the President who says he rules at the
behest of God can also tongue-lash those he perceives as disloyal,
calling them "f-ing assholes" in front of other staff,
This is the George Bush that Al Hunt described. Years ago, Hunt
was with his wife and child in a Dallas Mexican restaurant
when a drunken Smirk charged up to him at his table, calling him a mother-effer in front of his wife and kid over something
Hunt wrote about his precious daddy in the Wall Street Journal.
Care to comment?
"Hillary and I will always remember President
Ronald Reagan for the way he personified
the indomitable optimism of the American people, and for keeping America at the forefront
of the fight for freedom for people everywhere. It is fitting that a piece of the Berlin Wall
adorns the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.
President Reagan demonstrated his strength
and resolve after leaving office when he shared
his struggle with Alzheimer's Disease with the world. We will always remember his tremendous
capacity to inspire and comfort us in times of tragedy, as he did after the loss of the space shuttle
Challenger. Now he, too, has "slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God," and we
can rest assured that, as joyous a place as Heaven is, his wit and sunny disposition are making it
an even brighter place to be.
Hillary and I send our prayers to Nancy,
their children and their many friends and family,
as well as our gratitude for the life of a true American original.
Bill and Hillary Clinton
Reagan honors Hitler's SS in Bitburg, Germany, May 5, 1985
"President Reagan cannot go to Bitburg. It
is out of the question for the leader of the
Western world to lay a wreath in a war cemetery where Nazi storm troopers are buried...
-- The Washington Post (23 April 1985)
"Some good has come of the Bitburg business.
That good made itself evident in the strong popular
reaction against the trip, a reaction which proves that -- though our century's history, and its meaning,
may have escaped all concerned at the White House, it has not escaped most Americans."
-- New York Post (26 April 1985)
"It's over, but the Bitburg blunder, too, should
not be forgotten. All day long he talked of Hell and Nazi evil,
to submerge the event. . . . Not even Mr. Reagan's eloquent words before the mass graves of Bergen-Belsen
could erase the fact that his visit there was an afterthought, to atone for the inadvertent salute to those SS graves."
-- New York Times (6 May 1985)
"[The proposed visit to Bitburg is] so macabre
and so awful that one can only wonder what possessed Reagan."
-- The chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Menachem Rosensaft,
Over the years, revisionists have tried to lie Reagan;s way out
of this blunder, the biggest of which was,
"We made a mistake, it was a cloudy day and we couldn't read the road signs and we ended up in the wrong place,"
but Reagan promised Helmut Kohl he'd visit the cemetary and it was the press's job to get the story right.
Plan Would Let Iraq Order Troops Out
Now that we've destabilized the region, let's walk away from it
The revised draft circulated to Security Council members includes what Colin Powell
and Tony Blair have stated publicly - that American and British troops will leave if asked.
It declares that the council will terminate
the mandate for the multinational force after elections
held by Dec. 31, 2005, or earlier "if requested by the sovereign government of Iraq."
Care to comment?
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Subject: Reagan dies
Different people have different opinions
about the life of Ronald Reagan
- but there's one think I think everyone agrees on.
America will be forever in his debt.
San Francisco, CA.
Reagan Struggled With Alzheimer's
To a nation hungry for a hero, a nation battered by Vietnam, damaged by Watergate and
humiliated by the taking of hostages in Iran, Ronald Reagan held out the promise of a return
to greatness, the promise that America would "stand tall" again.
Our first crazy cowboy promised America would never be bothered
by hostage-taking again,
but that was because he had made a secret and illegal deal with the hostage-takers. He asked
them to hold onto those hostages longer than Iran wanted to so he could steal the 1980 election.
If you remember, in the summer of 1980, Reagan and Bush, asked
their military worshippers
to "be on the lookout" for any suspicious activity at any air base withing striking range of Iran.
Rather than working with Carter to get those hostages out safely, Reagan pre-sabotage any
rescue mission by attempting to warn Iran that America was going to try a rescue.
...and to this day I refuse to recognize the word "humiliated" as it applies to those hostages.
How is it "humiliating" to value human life? When Reagan
and Bush's partners grabbed those hostages,
they didn't outwit, outlast and outplay Jimmy Carter. They cheated. They broke every rule of diplomacy
which begins with "You don't attack an embassy or its staff because you have a bitch with the host country."
Like 9-11, we got sucker-punched in Iran in 1979 and the GOP media wants you to think Carter blew it.
Sure, Carter could've played the asshole cowboy and sent our military
in, guns blazing, but instead he tried
diplomacy and would have succeeeded had the Reagan/Bush team not committed treason against America.
Lastly, concerning the October
Surprise Reagan/Bush used to illegally come to
The Iranians proved that was the case becase the date and time they said they net with Bush
is the only time in the last (I'll guess) 50 years that a member of a major party ticket cannot prove
where he was. That means either the Iranians were telling the truth about meeting with Bush OR
they are psychic and were able to grab a time and date out of thin air - the only time where Bush
cannot prove where he was.
Reagan left the Democratic Party because
he didn't like the way the Democrats
were cozying up to "negroes," to put it in nicer terms than Reagan likely used at the time.
Larry King Questions
From the Reagan roundtable discussion the day he died Attribution
KING: Do you think, Mike, Reagan's been so long out of the scene that the public has kind of a yesterday?
How do you answer a question like that?
KING; Walter, what part of America did Reagan capture?
How do you answer a question like that?
KING: In a sense, Walter, do you think he rests better now, maybe it's OK?
CRONKITE: What's that?
KING: Maybe it's OK to say goodbye now.
CRONKITE: What's OK?
During Iran-Contra, when reporters asked
Reagan why he lied about selling arms to terrorists,
he would often fake that he couldn';t hear the question, but then when finally cornered, he said,
"I want to talk about it but I've been advised not to say anything while the investigation
is ongoing, but once it's over, you won't be able to shut me up."
But when it was over, all he would say was,
were made, I was out of the loop,
I cannot recall the specifics and that's all I have to say about it."
"I didn't know I was shot. I heard a noise,
and we came out of the hotel and sped into the limousine.
And I heard some noise and I thought it was firecrackers. And the next thing I knew, one of the
Secret Service agents behind me just seized me here by the waist, and plunged me head first into the limo.
I landed on the seat. And the seat divider was down. And then he dived into on top of me, which is part of
their procedure, to make sure that I'm covered.
-- Reagan talking to Larry King about the day he was shot. Attribution
Apparently the great West Wing shooting scene was based
on this. The Secret Service had no idea Reagan
had been shot, but while they headed back to the White House, blood appeared on Reagan's lip and the agent
with him screamed, "George Washington Hospital - now!"
Witnesses told a federal grand jury Bush knew about, and took no action to stop, the release of
Valerie Plame's name to Bob Novak in an attempt to discredit her husband, a critic of Bush's.
Their damning testimony has prompted Bush
to contact an outside lawyer for legal advice
because evidence increasingly points to his involvement in the leak of Plame's name to Robert Novak.
The move suggests the president anticipates
being questioned by prosecutors. Sources say
grand jury witnesses have implicated the President and his top advisor, Karl Rove.
"The most I learned from him was his adherence
to principle and to fight for them.
He used the term 'evil empire' and all his critics were ringing their hands, saying he doesn't
know how to conduct foreign affairs ... sure enough peace happened on his watch."
A. I guess that's kinda true, if you don't count the Marine's
massacre in Lebanon, Lockerbie,
the invasion of the Isle of Nutmeg and the murder of Ghadaffy's daughter.
B. Don't you wish the same could be said about you?
"Screw Michael Moore!
Don't watch this trailer,
- it's all a pack of lies!"
At home and abroad, Reagan made many bold moves
Was he the father of "voodoo economics," as George Bush once dubbed Reagan's proposals?
Historians and economists will debate those questions for decades, but this much appears clear:
Inflation was licked on his watch, and the
economy enjoyed robust growth in the 1980s.
But those successes came at a steep price: Reagan's first two years were marred by the worst recession
since Franklin Roosevelt inherited the Great Depression from herbert Hoover, another Republican.
Subject: Reagan's passing
If you want to get some serious chills,
watch the trailer for the Conason/Lyons movie.
If Reagan had vision...
If his ideas were more than "useless crap,"
why can't I get a Republican to justify them in a live chat room?
If Reagan's vision meant anything,
why does Rush have to screen his calls so only the sheep get on the air?
If Reagan's economic theories were sound,
why did Poppy call them "voodoo economics?"
If Reagan's idea of smaller government was real,
why did the government get so much bigger under him?
"Bart has a point..."
"We all know Reagan's legacy, from the Iran-Contra
affair to the funding of the
Nicaraguan military in which over 200,000 people died. The groundwork for the move
steadily to the right happened with the Reagan administration. People want to elevate
him to some mythic level; they have their own reason for doing that."
--Danny Glover, Attribution
Yes, Reagan committed crimes on a global scale, but he always
kept his jacket on.
Even when he gave Stinger missles to terrorists, he always kept his coat on in the Oval Office.
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Reagan's popularity plummeted in November 1986 after disclosures that he had secretly approved
U.S. arms sales to Iran in an attempt to win release of American hostages held in Lebanon. Reagan
was criticized for violating a promise never to negotiate with terrorists; his defense was that he had
dealt with Iranian middlemen, not the terrorists themselves.
Oh please - you talk about weasel words...
"I didn't rob the bank - I just drove the getaway car."
Reagan did what he did, and then lied about it, so you have to
Was he a crook or was he too stupid to know what he was doing?
Care to comment?
D-Day, June 6, 1944
On D-Day, the Division was located east of Caen. After getting the initial reports of an airborne attack (the British 6th in this case),
elements of the division were sent east to eliminate this threat. The scattered paratroops were easy targets for the tanks and
mechanized infantry. However, as the seaborne attack moved inland, the crisis point shifted to the north.
By noon, the division had been ordered to
attack the British beachheads. A battalion of infantry and the reconnaissance
were left to deal with the paratroops while the bulk of the division moved north of Caen between SWORD and JUNO beaches.
A tank battle developed around Periers. Both sides took some losses. The British held their ground while the Germans moved off
looking for a place to drive north again. These meeting engagements followed by redirection continued through the afternoon.
By evening, elements of the division had reached the coast near Lion-sur-Mer, only to be met with a serious British attack.
During the early evening and hours of darkness, the attackers withdrew from their salient between Caen and the coast.
"It's safe to say that Reagan has actually
been gone for quite some time.
The ex-President lived a full life. I didn't think much of his presidency,
but it retrospect it was brilliant compared to the Bonzo in the White House now.
That being said, I feel worse about Smarty Jones."
by Skippy, as seen on apj.us
ronald milhouse reagan, former president
of the screen actors guild, among other accomplishments
in his long career, died today in his home in bel-air at the age of 93.
unlike some occupants of the oval office
we could name, reagan was an excellent speaker, ready with a
quip to amuse the world. who could ever forget "we begin bombing in five minutes"? now, that's comedy!
repubbbs are quick to let reagan take credit
for the collapse of the soviet union, as if he had anything to do
with the corruption that ate away at its over-entended infrastructure. but he did his best bob villa impression
with the memorable "mr. gorbachev, tear down that wall."
it was revealed that reagan suffered from
alzheimer's disease in early 1987 when he discovered he
could not remember any involvement in the iran-contra scandal.
reagan's late spring demise will deprive
awol of any big "taking on the mantle" hoopla next fall,
thus forcing him to run on his record, something no repubbb wants.
say what you will about ronald reagan, he
was brilliant in king's row. reagan's co-star, bonzo,
died before the premiere of his own film.
Care to comment?
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Did vanity force Reagan to dye his hair?
Can you be that old and not have any gray?
"It's such a shock, like losing a parent!"
I heard that a lot this weekend, and I know
it's human nature to embellish a character
with hyperbole when you hear of their passing, but let's put this in some perspective.
If losing Reagan after a ten year illness,
dying at 93, is "such a shock,"
losing JFK in his prime, live on TV was a at least 100 times more shocking,
losing MLK four years later brought that up to 200, and losing Bobby just weeks
after MLK brings the shock factor to perhaps 300 times the pain the GOP feels today.
Throw in John Lennon and Paul Wellstone and you begin to think
maybe the GOP
ought to throttle back on the "how shocking this is" talk.
Oddly, I haven't heard anyone explain what Reagan and God are
doing right now in Heaven,
but then again, I haven't seen or heard Peggy Noonan's reaction.
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One of the most popular presidents of the 20th century,
Ronald Reagan is widely credited with winning the Cold War,
Republicans like to say that, thinking the
phrase "Mr Gorbachev, tear down that wall,"
had some magical power that forced Gorby to follow his commands.
The truth is, Reagan spent America to near bankruptcy and they couldn't keep up.
...crusading to limit the size of the federal government,
I agree - he talked about
it all the time while spending more money than every
president from Washington to Carter combined. It's a lot lot Bunnypants asking,
"What would Jesus do?" just before bombing a city of 8 million people.
...revitalizing the country's stagnant economy,
He "revitalized" it by running a stake thru
it's heart and then taking two long years of
Hoover-like depression to pick up the pieces. Like Never-elected, he crashed the economy
knowing the GOP media would talk about the great gains that were made after the crash
...and inspiring hope again in the nation after the "malaise" of the Jimmy Carter era.
Carter inherited that mess from Nixon and Ford, but they refuse
to talk about that.
If voters knew Reagan would fix the economy by crashing it, they would've said "No."
If voters knew Reagan would fix the hostage situation by making a secret and illegal deal,
they would've said "No," to that, too - but the press always helped hide the truth from us.
"I love the press..."
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Who's the bigger loser in this fiasco?
"In 1981, when the nation's air-traffic controllers
threatened to do what the law forbade them
to do - strike - Reagan warned that if they did they would be fired. When they struck in August,
Reagan announced that the strikers would be terminated in two days. By firing the controllers,
Reagan destroyed a union, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO).
This has often, and not incorrectly, been called a defining episode of the Reagan presidency
-- George Will, more stupid than a chimp and I have the proof to back that up Attribution
Think of the gamble Reagan took when he pulled the air traffic
controllers out of their towers.
What if planes started running into each other? The GOP media would've blamed Jimmy Carter.
Reagan didn't mind gambling with those thousands of lives because he wanted to play bully.
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"He was never mean-spirited and so he set a
-- The Unelected Fraud, Attribution
I guess that's true - if you don't count the victims of AIDS who
Reagan ignored, or the
Native Americans Reagan refused to meet with, or the poor people who never got a piece
of the "all-white pie for the rich" Reagan cut up, and didn't he ridicule Tom Eagleton,
calling him "a retard" or something for getting treatment for depression?
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Bush's American soldier body count in Iraq
821 (Estimate) dead American soldiers.
821 families destroyed forever - all for Bush's oil grab.
Soon it will be 900, and then 1000.
Over 800 deaths on Bush's watch
"Somewhere an editor is flipping a coin over
which above-the-fold headline to use...
So what's it gonna be? Ronnie's Gone or J-Lo Weds. You have to ask yourself:
which one will sell more papers? Journalisming is hard..."
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Monkey can't get anything right
Protesters in the city were yelling "George Bush, terrorist," yet the president was insulated from
the anti-war demonstrations, tucked safely away in plush digs behind high stone walls and razor wire.
During Bush's 36-hour visit to Italy and
Vatican City, he was staying at the home of U.S. ambassador
to Italy, Melvin Sembler. A security perimeter extended several blocks out from the residence, situated on
a six-acre plot. The blare of Italian sirens drifted over the walls as faintly as if they were miles away.
Bush managed to avoid tens of thousands of protesters in his lengthy travels throughout Rome and the Vatican.
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Reagan is also the source of many of the relationships in Iran and Iraq that have troubled the United States since.
Kevin Phillips' recent book "American Dynasty" does a good job of summarizing the strong evidence that Bill Casey
and George H.W. Bush made a deal with the Iranians not to release the hostages until after the 1980 U.S. presidential
election. This would mean that Reagan's election was illegal, that the trading during the Iran-Contra scandal had a
precedent, that Reagan and G.H.W. Bush's buildup of Saddam Hussein's military was motivated in part by a desire
to counter weaponry and money that the United States had given Iran in exchange for Reagan's election, that our
media has completely fallen down on the job, and that we're all a bunch of suckers. That just can't be right.
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Subject: last issue's wanted poster
Bart, last issue you wrote:
> "Complicit in the massacres in "Palestine" and Chechnya..."
Why do you use quotation marks around Palestine?
It didn't in the poster.
c'mon, fess up. you hate arabs.
No, I hated the Arabs last week, this week I hate the Jews.
I've never seen a map with Palestine on it.
Even before the "evil Zionists stole their land," the Palestinians didn't have any land.
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"With Reagan, we had Iran-Contra - an "off the
shelf" covert action program arguably a lot worse
than the Plumbers, since it was meant to circumvent Congressional oversight in matters of war
and peace, and to prosecute a war that Congress had legislated against. And although Nixon was
(almost) impeached for Watergate, Reagan didn't suffer for Iran-Contra at all, as an increasingly
toothless Democratic party caved. With Bush... Well, we don't even have mere episodes like
"Watergate" or "Iran-Contra" anymore, since a complete lawlessness and extraconstitutional
goverment-by-clusterfuck is their modus operandi, and an every day affair that doesn't even
raise an eyebrow. You might say that Nixon, in retrospect, cracked Constitutional government,
Reagan drove a wedge into the crack, and Bush shattered Constitutional government entirely,
ruling, in the matters He considers essential, by decree. A sad legacy for a "conservative"
movement, wouldn't you say?"
by Eleanor Clift, the last liberal in washington?
"The timing is odd. About to embark on a foreign trip, on his way to his helicopter,
Bush stops to announce his CIA director has resigned. Bush's words are halting
and his body language hesitant, as though the news has taken him off stride.
If George Tenet's departure was carefully
choreographed by the White House,
it looks like somebody may have forgotten to tell Bush. The purpose of forcing the
resignation of a high-level official is to make the boss look good, and the president
looked shell-shocked. He said he was sorry the intelligence chief was leaving, and
he praised Tenet's tenure in government.
Bush's remarks had the feel of a negotiated
as in 'I won't rat on you if you don't rat on me.'"
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