"Carter suggested Operation Eagle Claw, a failed 1980 attempt to rescue the hostages taken by Iranian revolutionaries at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, could have been successful if he committed one more helicopter to the mission.
"I think I would have been re-elected easily if I had been able to rescue our hostages from the Iranians," Carter said. "And everybody asks me what would do more, I would say I would send one more helicopter because if I had one more helicopter, we could have brought out not only the 52 hostages, but also brought out the rescue team, and when that failed, then I think that was the main factor that brought about my failure to be re-elected. So that's one thing I would change."
Operation Eagle Claw was aborted after three of the helicopters taking part in the mission experienced mechanical problems.
Carter also said he believed he would have been re-elected if he took military action against Iran in response to the taking of the hostages. Though he argued he "could have wiped Iran off the map," Carter said he thought avoiding war was the "right decision."
"I could've been re-elected if I'd taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly and so forth," said Carter, adding: "I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages, and so I stood up against all that, er, all that advice, and then eventually my prayers were answered and every hostage came home safe and free." seems a clear cut matter of principle for Carter.
You know as well as I, that the President really never gets to take what most in the country wouls consider a true vacation.......Post FDR (with maybe Eisenhower as the exception) no President's time is his own for more than a few minutes a day every day once they take the oath of office..........
so you except half the data and use it to try and prove your point, but not the rest becasue of who put it out...... you silly neo-con hypocrite
you missed the point .. then he has spent less than 2.69 hrs per week at daily intelligence briefings. As the leader of the free world and with all that is going on in the world is less than 2.69 hrs/week or since he most likely works 7 days a week.. about 20 minutes a day is that proactive. How many issues can be discussed in depth in 20 minutes ar questions asked of a presentation? Maybe that is all he needs?
pilo, you got nothing new? you need to rehash a post from a few days ago? Come on, get digging on some new information.
crazy -- it's the man birthday... he need to be talked about or he just becomes a house builder and ex-peanut farmer with a brother for the ages.
"Orman has said he would caucus with whichever party has the majority after November’s midterm elections. But what if the Senate is evenly divided and Orman’s decision swings the balance? He said that would be “a wonderful opportunity for Kansas.”
I think you are counting on him a bit too much...... he is like "hope and change" -- you can read what ever you want into him because he stands for nothing and everything. depending on what you want him to be.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. ~ Thomas Jefferson -
now the debate is was Carter decision style or principle? Since Carter unlike Obama stood for something more than "don't do something stupid" as a matter of deep rooted beliefs.. I bet principle. Then we move to the was the princicple worth standing for? Yes if chaos in a volatile region is the outcome -- Have the chain of events since the 1st Arab Spring in 1970's Iran been positive for the region or the world?
from the history channel "The United States, fearful of stirring up hostilities in the Middle East, did not come to the defense of its old ally. (For one thing, President Carter, aware of the Shah’s terrible record in that department, was reluctant to defend him.) However, in October 1979 President Carter agreed to allow the exiled leader to enter the U.S. for treatment of an advanced malignant lymphoma. His decision was humanitarian, not political; nevertheless, as one American later noted, it was like throwing “a burning branch into a bucket of kerosene.” Anti-American sentiment in Iran exploded."
Please note -- failed to come to the defense of its old ally.
Pilo, go read the last few blog post from Gary Hart on his site "Matters of Principle" tilting Dem but more well balanced than most thoughts out there now a days..
Saw the lefty Bai on the Charlie Rose show---this book sound like a good read... Pilo, you could up your game by reading this book, Hart does not like/resspect gwb at all.........""All The Truth Is Out" by Bai. I'm going to read it over the weekend and if you get to it we will debate it next week.
"Reporters didn't suddenly start caring about who's up and who's down in politics in April 1987. But Bai argues in the book, All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, that Hart’s unraveling over allegations of infidelity marked a distinct shift in how candidates are covered and helped usher in a modern scandal culture whereby any minor misstep or misstatement immediately rises to the level of Watergate.
Bai, a Yahoo News columnist and former Times Magazine writer, argues that the political press has repeatedly failed to use good judgment to determine what matters more, like ideas, and less, like infidelity. He admits he once believed political reporters should provide every bit of information about a candidate and let the voters decide if it's relevant. But now Bai says that journalists who give equal weight to the trivial and consequential aren't doing their job.
“There is no newspaper or website in the world that can put every story, in equal measure, on the front page or the homepage,” Bai said. “Every day we make decisions about what matters and what doesn’t. Why is it only when we get to the subject of scandal and sensationalism, suddenly [we] have a moral obligation to abdicate that responsibility and give the voter every last shred of evidence? It’s not consistent with the role, with everything else we know about journalism.”
If it was not for the failed rescue attempt and the deaths of US servicemen ... you might be on the right path but like all presidents he killed troups. Or his lack of support for the Shah/collapse of Iran to radicals might just have been the start of the terror state and modern terrorist movement we see today. Hats off to him for Isreal/Egypt peace accords. And make sure you turn off your lights when not in the room and lower that thermostat to 65 in the winter.
so how about the eric holder and gwb connection..... I told you gwb was a leftist big govt type.