Ken Collins: History repeats itself

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April 1983. The U.S. embassy was bombed in Beirut, killing 63, including 17 Americans. Secretary of Defense Weinberger and Democrats urged President Ronald Reagan not to deploy Marines in civil war-torn Lebanon. He did anyway. But he wanted them as “peacekeepers” and not seem “warlike.” They were at the airport, in barracks protected by Marine guards with no bullets in their rifles, behind a flimsy plywood and wire barrier, with the Lebanese Army checking incoming vehicles.

Oct. 23, 1983. A truck pulls up, detonates and 241 U.S. Marines are killed, the most in a single day since Iwo Jima. The press went nuts, blaming Reagan for putting Marines in an indefensible situation. House Speaker Tip O’Neill (D) was livid. But in a closed Democratic caucus, told them, “Do not criticize, but support the president.” It’s a time “for patriotism, not partisanship.”

March 1984. U.S. embassy in Beirut was attacked and Station Chief Bill Buckley was kidnapped and tortured and killed. Reagan promised to beef up security.

September 1984. U.S. embassy in Beirut was attacked for the third time in 18 months. Jihadists bombed the annex, which had not yet been reinforced. Reagan’s comment to America: “Anyone who’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.” The Democrats held one inquiry.

1987. Reagan was caught selling missiles to the terrorist state of Iran, in violation of the law and an American arms embargo. He sent the funds to the Contras, a Nicaraguan terrorist group fighting the Sandinistas, a different terrorist group. Secretary of State George Schultz warned him “it was an impeachable offense.” Reagan’s deed set off more Middle East hostage takings. Reagan flat-out lied to the American public when he denied any knowledge of it. A week later, documents with Reagan’s signature, were found that authorized the sale. The Democratically held Congress, again, instead of impeaching, worked with Senate Republicans to drop impeachment plans and work out a deal to allow the president to finish his term.

2014. With midterms coming, we have the GOP, trying for the umpteenth time to find something from the four killed in Benghazi to nail on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and maybe even impeach Obama. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you, today’s GOP. 

God, please, bless America.

Ken Collins

Stagecoach

Comments

john bailey 5 months, 3 weeks ago

all the while the idiot in chief makes a hell of a deal for one military deserter. nice move....

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Ken Mauldin 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Ken: That's a good attempt to turn people away from the GOP. Let me provide an alternate view of why people should reject liberal democrats:

The FBI reports in 2013 that the 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America are all governed by Democrats:
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/03/12/fbi-releases-2013-most-dangerous-cities-and-theyre-all-run-by-democrats-n1807969

Democrats also govern America's 10 Poorest Cities:
http://eaglerising.com/1912/democrats-run-americas-ten-poorest-cities/

Anyone who appreciates skyrocketing crime, unemployment and generations of poverty should vote for Democrats. For specific examples, look what the democrats and their liberal policies have done with Detroit and Chicago after being in charge for 40+ years.

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John Kitchen 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Sorry Ken, but correlation does not imply causation.

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Ken Mauldin 5 months, 3 weeks ago

John, It's not a coincidence that after 40 years of 100% exclusive democrat control these cities are in economic and social shambles. It is directly caused by liberal politicians implementing liberal policies.

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mark hartless 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Drivel.

Anyone who can see the villians in one end of the cesspool so clearly, while viewing the villians on the other end as angles, can't really see anything at all.

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Jim Kelley 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't often agree with much that Mr Collins says but why is this drivel? Just because he points out these events does not make them less valid regardless of ones politics. Each of the points that he brings up actually happened exactly the way Mr. Collins described. Reagan got a free ride on these items courtesy of Democratic leniency, especially when comparing these events to Benghazi.

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jerry carlton 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Ken Collins Why should God bless America? The majority of Americans no longer follow God's teachings and President Obama has publicly stated that this no longer a Christian country. Maybe you are referring to Allah or Buddha or some of the other gods in favor in this country?

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Dan Kuechenmeister 5 months, 3 weeks ago

We "trade" 5 really bad dudes for a US soldier that may have disappeared under "curious" circumstances. (yes I am glad an American soldier has come "home") and his disappearance may have caused the deaths of other US soldiers who searched for him and yet don't lift a finger to help Americans under attack in Benghazi with the final tally 4 Americans dead. Yep - move along, move along - nothing to see here. If only that guy hadn't made that darn video.

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Jim Kelley 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure there is a good reason for retrieving this deserter. They just won't tell us why he's important.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Clinton: 1st World Trade Center bombing - 1993 Bombing of the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia - 1995 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia - 1995 Bombing of the US Embassies in Africa - 1998 Bombing of the USS Cole - 2000

What was your point again Ken

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Thomss Steele 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice try Ken but it won't work. Your amazingly feeble attempt at trying to place blamevon the GOP for the deaths of 4 brave Americans will fall on deaf ears. You should be ashamed of yourself. Oh wait that would take an actual person with feelings.

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Scott Wedel 5 months, 3 weeks ago

A pretty odd letter comparing how political parties handled events 30 years ago as compared to today. All of the leadership positions have changed in both parties since then.

Reagan was a popular president and was famous being hands off and trusting his aides. So it wouldn't have worked politically for the Democrats to pile on and politicize those issues.

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Jim Kelley 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush1 all had more attacks and casualties against consulates and embassies than Clinton, Bush2, and Obama. Many of these attacks can be construed as resulting from some level of poor protection and priorities by the administration at the time. Obama needs to answer for this debacle but this event does not rise to the level matching or exceeding other similar past events with other presidents. To me, Ken's only valid point is that the level of criticism leveled at Obama by the GOP is not proportionate to the event or to past similar events.
Scott, it's not that the leadership has changed over the thirty year span.----The biggest difference is the information age and the connectivity that allows more scrutiny and of course, politicization of any and all issues. Reagan would stand no chance of attaining his legacy today even or especially among the tea party.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Obama to America. Oops, my bad. Law, what law. I just want to make nice with our enemies so they will like us more. "In what may be a sign that the Obama administration thinks it erred by not notifying Congress in swapping Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, it has apologized to the ranking member of Senate Intelligence Committee for the “oversight.”

Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken apologized to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Monday evening; according the law signed into effect at the end of last year, the White House is required to give Congress thirty days’ notice of any prisoner swap."

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Ken Collins 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Jim K. That was the only point I'm making.

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Fred Duckels 5 months, 3 weeks ago

We can go tit for tat all day long on events past and never run dry on bloviating. The Dems have built a formidable voting machine by using incestuous relationships with unions, media, gov. workers, academia, and those looking to replace jobs with gov. assistance. Benghazi and the myriad of scandals will never get traction with all the vested interests pulling their weight..

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Dan Shores 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Excuse me but this has never been a Christian nation. References to God do not imply a Christian God. See the first amendment.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Dan S. You referenced the first amendment. Are you like Harry Reid, Tom Udall et al in that you were for it before you were against it?

Democrats Try to Repeal First Amendment Today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Democrats held a hearing on Tom Udall’s proposal to gut the First Amendment by allowing Congress to prohibit or restrict participation in political campaigns. The Democrats like to say that the amendment would reverse the effect of the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases, but in fact it goes much farther than that. The amendment, which is favored by Harry Reid and most Senate Democrats, would give Congress unprecedented power to limit debate on public issues in the context of elections.

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john bailey 5 months, 3 weeks ago

no way , the left not liking something so they attempt to silence all . and uncle Udall is from this state ? boy are we going assbackwards since I moved here......what a sorry state the wrong side of the divide is .

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Fred Duckels 5 months, 3 weeks ago

This game plan of the Dems works well for them but in the end we will end up with a country resembling Detroit. That is a fact!!! I forgot to mention the trial lawyers that compose this confederacy of parasites.

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Karl Koehler 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The significance of Benghazi was not the attack. Terrorists attack. It's what they do. It's who they are. The significance of Benghazi is the lack of response to the attack; leaving Americans to fend for themselves and then die after a prolonged battle when military assets were available to assist but were not dispatched. That is a dereliction of duty. There was a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Iran/Contra. Benghazi warrants no less. Or, as the Democrat party prefers, we can just go with, "What difference does it make?"

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Dan Shores 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Jerry, please do not pray for me. I don't want God associating you with me. Again, there is a reason that the founders wrote the first amendment. Thanks. Also Karl, there is no evidence that assets that could have helped were available and not dispatched. There has been no finding of this in all of the hearings or testimony to date so here we go with another waste of taxpayer dollars on another senseless set of hearings to try and find something that just isn't there.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Dan S. What pray tell, if any assets were "dispatched". Did the Obama administration have a script provided to them as to when the attack would end and therefore knew that any assets sent would arrive too late. Also, pray tell, why have none of the perpetrators been captured, arrested, eliminated. You are funny as you have suggested that people in this forum that disagree with Obama could be racist, yet you specifically say you have no interest in associating with people that don't hold to your view points. (your comment to Jerry above and your reason for not attending Kevin Nearney's suggested gathering) from dictionary.com Bigotry; stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed , belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.

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john bailey 5 months, 2 weeks ago

whats that ? oh yeah , worst occupier of the WH ever. transparent to boot.....we'll wait till the story is out on the latest blunder , but why , this 5 for 1 deal is uh , such a good deal for us , right ? I don't care what side your on......good god.....

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