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Benghazi in perspective: Reagan 7 attacks 94 Dead; Bush 13 attacks 60 Dead; Obama 1 attack 4 Dead!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2014 by sheriffali

Going on two years the Republicans and their followers having been beating Benghazi like a Mexican Piñata and it is beyond any doubt that they are fully cognizant of the record of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and President Obama. In the case of Reagan he sent hundreds of Marines to Lebanon with orders not to keep their Rifles loaded. A lunatic with a pick-up-truck loaded with explosives, rammed the gates and in a single incident killed more than 243 Marines. Reagan subsequently brought the remainder of the Marines home.


And we must never ever forget that thoughtless Bush invaded Iraq and we lost thousands of Soldiers; tens of thousands were severely injured and more than seventy five thousand are left with mental problems. What was our gain? All we did was replace a Sunni Dictator with a Shiite Dictator who cast his lot with Iran. The cost to the American Tax Payers stands at 1.7 Trillion Dollars.


Republicans and the right wing talking head Pundits have and continue to criticize Obama over his foreign Policy. Obama withdrew us out of Iraq and by year’s end we would be out of Afghanistan. Ask the American people, “they are adamant that they do not want us to be involved with any war, unless absolutely necessary.”


On Twitter, the washed-up actor James Woods embellishes in wanting Justice for Benghazi. Just what does James Woods know about anything having to do with foreign Policy? Even George W. Bush in 2008 knew his limitations and that was self evident when Putin invaded a section of Georgia and former President George W. Bush left it alone.


As far as the Ukraine situation Sanctions are really the only viable options at this time and thus far, the United States and the European Union have placed Sanctions on Russia and as of this morning President Obama announced further Sanctions. People are wondering why Obama doesn’t target Vladimir Putin directly and the reason I believe is that Obama is smart enough to know that closing all the doors on Putin with no exit at this time, could very well escalate this manageable crisis into something much larger. In addition, Europe is our biggest trading Partners and Obama must remain mindful of that fact.


Like the crazy idiot in Nevada, Cliven Bundy, Republicans are all Hat and no Cattle, or another way to put it; they are all mouth and no brains!


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Nelson Mandela’s moral shoe is too big for the Republican Greek god, Ronald Reagan!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2013 by sheriffali

The regime of apartheid in South Africa, under which nonwhites were systematically oppressed and deprived of their rights, is remembered as one of the worst crimes against humanity of the 20th century.

Despite the then growing international movement to topple apartheid in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan maintained a close alliance with a South African government that was showing no signs of serious reform.

The Reagan administration demonized opponents of apartheid, most notably the African National Congress, as dangerous and pro-communist. Reagan even vetoed a bill to impose sanctions on South Africa, only to be overruled by Congress. 

In 1985, Ronald Reagan said “They have eliminated the segregation that we once had in our own country — the type of thing where hotels and restaurants and places of entertainment and so forth were segregated — that has all been eliminated.” Of course, that was simply not true, and Reagan later walked the statement back. 

President Jimmy Carter had imposed sanctions and restrictions on South Africa and also had publicly criticized the South African government many times. When Reagan became President he went back to supporting the South African Government under a “sham disguise.”

Reagan gave a lot of public support to the South African Prime Minister, P.W. Botha and his government, portraying Botha as a moderate who was willing to start political reforms and would stay on the side of the United States and help us block Soviet influence in southern Africa.


Pressure was building up in the United States, and Congress was threatening to pass legislation that would put sanctions on South Africa and restrict the flow of American aid to South Africa. Reagan always said he would veto the bill and he did.



Prime Minister Botha gave the “Rubicon Speech on Aug. 15, 1985, in the face of increasing unrest in South Africa. Botha said that South Africa would never accept one man, one vote in a unitary system. Real democracy, he said, would lead to chaos. Despite Reagan saying he was disappointed with Botha’s speech, Reagan stuck with Botha. Pressure built both inside of South Africa and outside, and the protest inside of South Africa led to the imposition of martial law. Congress then voted sanctions.


Republican Senator Sen. Nancy Kassebaum took the lead.  She said that the situation in South Africa was virtually beyond hope and that constructive engagement was irrelevant. This regime was not going to change unless forced to. The United States was just party to this continued oppression.


That broke the Republican unity behind Reagan on this policy. The larger context was that Reagan had just failed in the Philippines in trying to back [Ferdinand] Marcos to the end. The Reagan doctrine was collapsing in Central America as well, with opposition growing to his interventions there. So that was also now happening in South Africa. The House vote wasn’t even recorded; it was so overwhelming in favor of imposing sanctions. The Senate vote was more than enough to override the veto, which it did.


Reagan’s attitudes hadn’t changed, but the policy changed because Congress changed it and voted sanctions. That cut off a lot of the flow of American capital.  Bishop Desmond Tutu who came to the United States in 1984 after being awarded the Nobel Prize and spoke in the House of Representatives, said that constructive engagement is a farce, and that it just entrenched the existing order. He said Reagan’s policy was “immoral, evil and totally un-Christian.”


Reagan met with Desmond Tutu and at a press conference Reagan was asked to talk about their meeting. Reagan said, “It is counterproductive for one country to splash itself all over the headlines, demanding that another government do something.” Then he claimed that black tribal leaders had expressed their support for American investment. He was trying to discredit Tutu’s argument that U.S. policy had hurt blacks.

Reagan’s support of Botha’s fictional “constructive engagement,” gave Botha’s Government life and gave it hope that the United States would continue to stick with it. It gave it continued flow of aid as well as ideological support. It delayed the changes that were going to come. The big crackdowns came in ’86 and ’87 and proved that there was harm in the lengthening and there was harm in the violence that continued.

After all of Reagan’s pernicious involvement with Botha’s South African egregious Government, Regan’s lame excuse was, “If we’re willing to talk to the Russians, why aren’t we willing to talk to the South African government?” We’re going to encourage them to moderate and reform — it sounded reasonable, but it was all talk and it was exposed as that.

“Article is the result of material used from various researches.”