• Reagan & Trump Both Took It to Iran – Many Democrats Supported Reagan Back Then

    Surge Summary: Over thirty years ago, Republican President Ronald Reagan took military action against a threatening Iran – and some prominent Democrats stood behind his action. How things have changed decades later as Democrats denounce Republican President Donald Trump for his strike on an Iranian terror-leader and his associates.

    This isn’t the first time an American president has confronted Iran militarily.  In 1987, Ronald Reagan ordered strikes on Iranian oil platforms in response to Iranian attacks on U.S.-flagged ships.

    Then-Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd (D-WV) called Reagan’s action “minimal and appropriate.”  Rep. Les Aspin (D-WI), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, suggested Reagan’s action was “probably too mild.”

    Asked about invoking the War Powers Resolution to restrain Reagan from further action, then-Speaker of the House Jim Wright (D-TX) said, “I’m not going to be the one who gives the world a demonstration of a country divided by partisan politics.”

    In other words, the Democrats’ statements and actions then couldn’t be more different from their statements and actions today.  So what’s changed?

    Clearly, Republican presidents, whether Reagan or Trump, are still willing to confront Iranian aggression when necessary.  What’s changed is that today’s elected Democrats are beholden to the radical progressive movement that despises the U.S. military and sees America as the biggest problem in the world.  (See below.)

    I am pleased to report that not every Democrat is so blinded by Trump-hatred.  Former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:

    “President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct.  It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats.” 

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Originally posted here.

    Image: By White House Photo Office; Image ID#C39273-16; Adapted from: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/large/c39273-16.jpg. Public domain/courtesy the Reagan Library;  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3874619

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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