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Felix Mala Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-25-08 03:17 PM
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23. A Few Thoughts
Edited on Wed Jun-25-08 03:19 PM by Feles Mala
People mistakenly believe that Reagan's inauguration had something to do with the release of the hostages (Iran feared him...)when it was Carter's people who got them released.

I think I read somewhere, once, that Ollie North was involved with operation Eagle Claw and might have even "sacrificed" a few good men to assure Reagan's election.

I also recall reading a declassified CIA memo during the Carter era stating that the Soviet system was getting harder and harder to prop up and that Russia was going to fall to pieces. I think a good argument can be made that Reagan's "get tough" policies delayed this.

For some reason, lots of people think the Arab Oil Embargo occurred under Carter. It happened under Nixon in 1973. That's when prices went through the ceiling.

Similarly, many people think the fall of Saigon was a Carter disaster, but it happened when Ford was president.

Carter also gets blamed for the EPA (Nixon), limiting FBI and CIA power as recommended by the Church Committee (Ford) and for getting Homer Simpson hired at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant! D'oh! I think he was responsible for that! ("Thank you President Carter!" - Monty Burns)
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