Reagan Helps Us Analyze Obama’s Carter-Style Bungling of Mubarak
The 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronaldus Magnus is coming up and we seem to be experiencing the Second Coming of Jimmy Carter. This Egypt thing is an abject mess. It is an utter mess. And people getting on the bandwagon of getting rid of an ally for whatever reasons, I mean they’re not perfect, but we seem to be sidling up now to the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed ElBaradei. This is not good.
Here’s Reagan, 100th anniversary of his birth coming up. This is October 21st, 1984, in Kansas City. I happened to be there. I happened to live in Kansas City in 1984. I remember that convention and debate. Well, the convention was 1976. That was the last year of my ten-year failure in Kansas City. Well, I mean I didn’t succeed at much of anything I tried there, but it all led to success later on in life. At any rate, this is a presidential debate between Ronaldus Magnus and Walter F. Mondull. The panelist is Morton Kondracke, the executive editor then of The New Republic. Kondracke said, “Mr. President, I want to ask you about negotiating with friends. You severely criticized President Carter for helping to undermine two friendly dictators who got into trouble with their own people, the Shah of Iran and President Somoza of Nicaragua. Now there are other such leaders heading for trouble, including President Pinochet of Chile and President Marcos of the Philippines. What should you do and what can you do to prevent the Philippines from becoming another Nicaragua?”
REAGAN: I did criticize the president because of our undercutting of what was a stalwart ally, the Shah of Iran. And I am not at all convinced that he was that far out of line with his people or that they wanted that to happen. The Shah had done our bidding and carried our load in the Middle East for quite some time and I did think that it was a blot on our record that we let him down. Have things gotten better? The Shah, whatever he might have done, was building low-cost housing, had taken land away from the mullahs and was distributing it to the peasants so they could be landowners, things of that kind. But we turned it over to a maniacal fanatic who has slaughtered thousands and thousands of people.
RUSH: I’m playing this for you because it’s great to match this against what’s coming out of the White House today. David Gergen’s going back and forth. He doesn’t know if he should be worried or not worried about what Obama continues to say and do regarding Egypt. But that was Reagan explaining why we shouldn’t always be so quick to trade a friendly dictator for Muslim extremists. The bottom line always remains what’s in the best interests of the United States. And, of course, all during Iraq and during the Bush regime we kept hearing Obama say, “We can’t impose our will. We can’t impose our way of life on people. We can’t impose freedom.” Now we’re gonna impose our way. And, by the way, I am hearing reports that Mubarak has fled Egypt, that he’s not there.