Tuesday, March 21, 2023

What Do You Call…

A person who causes American hostages to be held longer by a terrorist government?

Do you remember the 1980 presidential election? Carter verse Reagan?

I think of Reagan as a traitor to the U.S. people, because of him Americans sat in Iranian jails longer.

A prominent Texas politician said he unwittingly took part in a 1980 tour of the Middle East with a clandestine agenda.
New York Times
By Peter Baker
March 18, 2023

It has been more than four decades, but Ben Barnes said he remembers it vividly. His longtime political mentor invited him on a mission to the Middle East. What Mr. Barnes said he did not realize until later was the real purpose of the mission: to sabotage the re-election campaign of the president of the United States.

It was 1980 and Jimmy Carter was in the White House, bedeviled by a hostage crisis in Iran that had paralyzed his presidency and hampered his effort to win a second term. Mr. Carter’s best chance for victory was to free the 52 Americans held captive before Election Day. That was something that Mr. Barnes said his mentor was determined to prevent.


What happened next Mr. Barnes has largely kept secret for nearly 43 years. Mr. Connally, he said, took him to one Middle Eastern capital after another that summer, meeting with a host of regional leaders to deliver a blunt message to be passed to Iran: Don’t release the hostages before the election. Mr. Reagan will win and give you a better deal.

Did you get that?

They bribed Iran to hold American prisoners longer for political gains!

They put Americans in harms way for political purposes.

Mr. Carter’s camp has long suspected that Mr. Casey or someone else in Mr. Reagan’s orbit sought to secretly torpedo efforts to liberate the hostages before the election, and books have been written on what came to be called the October surprise. But congressional investigations debunked previous theories of what happened.

I don’t know about you but I call someone who did that a traitor.

And what party was Reagan?

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