Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida:
"It is against the norms of international standards and to let something like this go unanswered, I think will weaken our resolve. I -- I know that President Reagan would have never let this happen. He would stand up to this. And President Obama -- the only reason he is consulting with Congress, he wants to blame somebody for his lack of resolve. We have to think like President Reagan would do and he would say chemical use is unacceptable."
Okay, I know that the GOP has turned Reagan into a mythical creature, but for the love of Pete. People are alive who were around back then. For crying out loud, Ros-Lehtinen was around back then.

How can she pretend not to remember that Reagan approved of - in fact, facilitated - Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons against Iran? Not to mention the Kurds, who were "his own people!!" 100,000 people died during An-Afal. But (back then) Hussein was our Middle Eastern despot, so we - and Reagan - were for it.

Yes, I know that Reagan and Hussein on the same side is anathema to the modern GOP. But too bad. In this universe, it happened.

It did happen.

So, without in any way condoning the behavior of Bashar Al-Assad, I have to call out Ros-Lehtinen and those who enable her and her ilk: you are liars.

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