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Right Wing Betraying U.S. Again

Hearing even right wing adherents deploring the crass politicization involved in the Republican party’s present attempt to ditch the Start treaty is downright refreshing.

…whatever doubts might remain among even the hyperbolically fair-minded have been dispelled by an almost unprecedented burst of temper from Kyl’s colleague, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who complained bitterly to reporters that his own caucus was trying to block a vote on the treaty before the Senate adjourned for the year. “No one,” Lugar said, “wants to be counted.”

There can be no greater show of how low the right wing will go, at least not since the previous administration’s destroying that segment of the U.S. intelligence on nuclear facilities which Valerie Plame was conducting. Oh, yes, and the Reagan campaign’s conducting negotiations for a separate peace with Iran to put itself in place by condemning U.S. hostages there to stay in place to get the ‘Gipper’ elected.

Looking back over the depths of pure and conscienceless power seeking basis to the right wing’s conduct of world affairs, we need to be asking ourselves just what sort of sell-out might the formerly treacherous branch of government be involved in now, to ‘Carterize’ the present administration? Obviously, nuclear nonproliferation just makes them mad.

The last year of the Carter administration is uncomfortably being recalled in the party on the right opposing and condemning absolutely every move, making no attempt to serve the country but only to get their own powers established. Whatever it takes.  . . .

The delay of nuclear non-proliferation, embodied in the Start treaty with Russia, shows evidence of another sought-after failure on the agenda which can be caused by separate and anti-American Republican political ambitions. So far, Obama’s relationships with the rest of the world have been great. Is there another negotiation going on to make that into an advantage for the right wing, so they can make Obama look ineffectual.

When Joseph Wilson said there were no WMD’s, his wife, and who knows how many of her associates, were betrayed. Question: How low will they go? Answer: Treason. Again, as with the Iranian hostage situation, the Democrats refused to conduct inquiries when this administration came into power. It’s sweet, but not looking back only encourages the enemy, and this time the enemy is working not just against the U.S. public, but against the world’s continued peaceful existence.

Of course, who can forget the hostage situation in Iran that ended Carter’s short administration, and the satisfaction Reagan’s adherents took in setting up that presidency by rendering him ineffectual – by selling out the hostages. In that ‘October Surprise’, separate negotiations were conducted AGAINST the elected government of the U.S.

After the release of the hostages on the same day, literally 5 minutes following Reagan’s inauguration on January 20, 1981, some charged that the Reagan campaign made a secret deal with the Iranian government whereby the Iranians would hold the hostages until Reagan was inaugurated, ensuring that Carter would lose the election.[3]

Gary Sick, member of the National Security council under Presidents Ford and Carter (before being relieved of his duties mere weeks into Reagan’s term)[5] made the accusation in a New York Times editorial[6] in the run-up to the 1992 election. The initial bipartisan response from Congress was skeptical: House Democrats refused to authorize an inquiry, and Senate Republicans denied a $600,000 appropriation for a probe.

Eight former hostages also sent an open letter demanding an inquiry in 1991.[7] In subsequent Congressional testimony, Sick said that the popular media had distorted and misrepresented the accusers, reducing them to “gross generalizations” and “generic conspiracy theorists.” Sick penned a book on the subject and sold the movie rights to it for a reported $300,000.[8] His sources and thesis were contested by a number of commentators on both sides of the aisle.[9][10]

Bani-Sadr, the former President of Iran, has also stated “that the Reagan campaign struck a deal with Teheran to delay the release of the hostages in 1980,” asserting that “by the month before the American Presidential election in November 1980, many in Iran’s ruling circles were openly discussing the fact that a deal had been made between the Reagan campaign team and some Iranian religious leaders in which the hostages’ release would be delayed until after the election so as to prevent President Carter’s re-election”[11] He repeated the charge in “My Turn to Speak: Iran, the Revolution & Secret Deals with the U.S.”[12][13]

Though we can possibly never know what sort of offering was made, following Reagan’s moving into the White House, the Carter efforts to realign the U.S. from its dependence on fossil fuels were ended entirely. When Reagan came in, he tore down the solar panels and reverted to a Middle Eastern dependent economy which we still struggle to cope with.  Oil industry price rises precipitated the present crisis in the economy by stretching individuals’ budgets past their ability to cope – so that they went into massive debt.  Of course, after we went into such dependence on oil, we also went to war with Iran’s enemy, Iraq.

The warm glow you feel is nuclear, now.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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