Updated March 25, 2015 with link and more info below.
Republicans are once again making headlines with their attempts to sabotage President Obama’s efforts to find a peaceful solution with Iran. First came the always-present verbal attacks on Obama because ‘why not; he’s black’. Then there was the infamous unpatriotic invite to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to embarrass America and degrade Obama. Now Republicans have escalated their attacks on Obama, willing to completely destroy America if that’s what it takes to defeat Obama on anything he attempts to do.
47 Senate Republicans signed an open letter (pdf) telling Iran that any deal they strike with President Obama will be nullified as soon as a Republican President is elected to office. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Republicans initiated a policy way back in 1981 to destroy democracy in our country. I’ve touched on that history several times over the years, and wrote about it in detail back in 2013. With the latest traitorous actions by Republicans, I am republishing that post.
November 25, 2013
The Obama Administration has initiated a deal with Iran to halt their pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. Although there are a number of Democrats who are leery of the approach that was taken, the entire GOP world is naturally against the idea — mostly due to no other reason than the fact that President Obama led the effort. Then there are those Republicans who are against a peaceful solution of any sort, such as neocon war-monger John Bolton who thinks the only option is to attack Iran militarily. As such, Obama needs to watch his back very close: Relative to Iran, the GOP has a history of sabotaging a Democratic Presidents’ efforts for a peaceful solution in order to get what they want — even at the expense of placing American lives’ in grave danger.
On November 4, 1979, when Democrat Jimmy Carter was President, a mob of young Islamic revolutionaries overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran Iran, taking more than 60 Americans hostage. The Carter Administration worked for more than a year to free the hostages, even attempting a failed rescue mission. The Americans were held for a total of 444 days, only to be released peacefully just minutes after Republican Ronald Reagan took office in 1981.
Americans were surprised at the release; in particular, the timing. Why just minutes after Reagan took office? It would be a dozen years later before the general public would know the truth.
Obviously, Republicans did not want Carter to win a second term. Although Reagan was very popular among many Independents, as well as some Democrats, the powers-to-be behind Reagan didn’t want to take any chances. So they devised a plan to make Carter look weak on the hostage situation in Iran.
Iran was at war with Iraq, and in desperate need of weapons and supplies. The sanctions put on them by the Carter Administration were preventing Iran from getting what they needed for their war effort. So a group of Republicans in the US, along with a receptive Israeli government, cut a deal with Iran behind Carter’s back.
They promised Iran an immediate flow of military weapons and supplies even though there was a sanction against such items, and also promised that the sanctions would be lifted altogether if Reagan was elected President. As part of that deal — in order to boost the possibility of Reagan winning the 1980 election — the Republicans insisted that Iran not release the hostages until after the election and, if Reagan won, until he was in office. This was a temporary sticking point with both Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s then-current spiritual leader, as they and Carter was near a deal to release the hostages. But they eventually went along with the deal.
Carter was very upset when he found out that Israel was breaking the terms of the sanction, but he didn’t find out until much later that American Republicans was also involved, although he suspected it.
“Extensive evidence now exists that [Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem] Begin’s preference for a Reagan victory led Israelis to join in a covert operation with Republicans to contact Iranian leaders behind Carter’s back and delay release of the 52 American hostages until after Reagan defeated Carter in November 1980.
In a little-noticed letter to the U.S. Congress, dated Dec. 17, 1992, Bani-Sadr said he first learned of the Republican hostage initiative in July 1980.
Bani-Sadr said the message from the Khomeini emissary was clear: the Reagan campaign was in league with pro-Republican elements of the CIA in an effort to undermine Carter and wanted Iran’s help.
The emissary added that the Republicans “have enormous influence in the CIA,” Bani-Sadr wrote. “Lastly, he told me my refusal of their offer would result in my elimination.”” [Bold mine]
So, as we can see, Republicans have no problem whatsoever in breaking American laws, undermining an American President, undermining an election, conspiring with enemies of the US and even issuing death threats to get what they want. But if their President, George W. Bush, had done the right thing in 2003, we and Obama probably wouldn’t have this situation with Iran today. But Bush and his neocon’s elected to let Iran advance their nuclear program:
“In 2003, Iran approached the United States with an offer to talk about its nuclear program. The George W. Bush administration rejected the offer because it believed that the Iranian regime was weak, had been battered by sanctions, and would either capitulate or collapse if Washington just stayed tough.
So there was no deal. What was the result? Iran had 164 centrifuges operating in 2003; today it has 19,000 centrifuges. Had the Geneva talks with Iran broken down, Iran would have continued expanding its nuclear program. Yes they are now under tough sanctions, but they were under sanctions then as well. And yet, the number of centrifuges grew exponentially.” [Bold mine]
Republicans: Americas’ patriots — MY ASS! 52 Americans would have been freed almost a year earlier had it not been for criminal and unpatriotic Republicans.
Updated March 25, 2015
Want further evidence? Republican President Candidate Richard Nixon “ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them to refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson. Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.”
Yep, Republicans are America’s democratic protectors alright; protectors of their Party at the expense and DEATH of American citizens.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky