Monday, September 9, 2013

Syria and an Echo from the Past

DISH had one of their "free weekends" with HBO and some other movie channel this weekend and one of the movies they showed was "ARGO". Ben Afflecks treatment of the story behind the "Canadian Caper", the rescue of 6 Americans from Iran during the Iranian hostage crisis which lasted for 444 days. ( November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981)

I'd been meaning to watch it for some time but never got around to renting it from Amazon so it was a pleasant surprise to see it offered for free over the weekend.
There seems to be some controversy over several things in the movie from Affleck in the starring role, he's not hispanic don't you know, to the stereotypical portrayal of Iranians in the film.
But there seems to not be a whole lot of discussion about the flaccid response from a spineless democrat in office at the time.
Jimmy Carter.
Lets face it old Jimmy allowed Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini to show the world how impotent and weak he was for 444 days costing him a second term and the election of Ronald Reagan.
Yeah sure he attempted a rescue but it failed costing the lives of 8 servicemen and a couple of aircraft pretty much topping the cake of Carters malfeasance and incompetence.

Why this is important to think about is because we have another milquetoast wannabe in office rattling sabres over Syria. A ideological Carter clone. The difference this time is instead of sitting back and doing nothing Obama wants to strike just enough not to get laughed at, in other words he's looking to simply save face.

The last thing this country needs is to enter another crisis on the world stage with another weak and feckless leader. The history should be plain to anyone with a thinking brain.

On the plus side ARGO did remind me of some of the cool music of the late 70's.


No comments: