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History repeats itself
The recent spate of Democrat-bashing by disgruntled Republicans-in-denial prompts a long overdue response. First, let me say that I think President Ford, in my opinion, was a decent enough fellow who just fell in with the wrong crowd and trusted evil, twisted men. Ford’s presidency set into motion a series of events that have led to the “mess we find ourselves in,” to paraphrase G.W. Bush.
First, when Ford’s secretary of defense, Don Rumsfeld, was playing footsie with Saddam Hussein (remember the hearty handshake?), Iran was the boogie man du jour for Republicans, and they subsequently supplied him with arms, chemicals, money and buyers for Iraqi oil.
Then, Americans upset about President Ford’s pardon of “tricky Dick” Nixon voted in probably the most devout Christian president since Lincoln—Jimmy Carter.
Republicans hungry for power, hated Carter enough to orchestrate what came to be known as the original “October surprise” that resulted in the election of an actor named Reagan and CIA spook George H. W. Bush as his vice president. This October surprise deal gave Iran lots of weapons to be used against Iraq, and lots of weapons for terrorists in Central America, (a “neat idea,” according to Oliver North, but also an idea against U.S. Congress’ orders and an idea that at any other time would have been called treason).
Understandably this action ticked off Saddam Hussein and turned an ally into an enemy. Soon afterwards the Soviet Union went bankrupt fighting against a U.S.-backed, Bush family friend named Osama Bin-Laden in Afghanistan, and the rest is history.
History is, indeed, repeating itself because fools didn’t learn from it, and it’s only a matter of time before we all pay the price for their foolishness. The aforementioned evil men control the oil, and God only knows who is in control of the former U.S.S.R nuclear arsenal, but I fear we’re all going to find out the hard way. I have grave concerns that the mushroom cloud scenario will prove to be much more than just a lie that Republican speechwriters invented to get us into a war that should have never begun.