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  •  Reminder to GOP, not only did 241 marines die... (2+ / 0-)
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    in the bombing of the marine barracks in Beirut during Reagan's presidency, with a "largely ineffective" response by the Reagan Administration there were at least 10 other significant terrorist attacks against US interests under Reagan.  

    The bombing of the marine barracks came six months after the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in April, 1983...killing 63 people...

    including 17 Americans...

    The U.S. government took no military action in response to the embassy bombing...
    ...Dec. 83: Bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait...The U.S. military took no action in retaliation...

    ...March, 84: CIA Station Chief William Buckley kidnapped...Eventually, 30 Westerners would be kidnapped during the 10-year-long crisis...some, including Buckley, died in captivity or were killed by their kidnappers...

    U.S. officials believed that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah was behind most of the kidnappings... Reagan...(okayed)-- secret arms sales to Iran, (in return for) hostages back to the U.S...In August 1985, the first consignment of arms to Iran was sent (see Report on Iran/ Contra 'Matters'  for details)...

    ...Dec 84:  Hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 221... hijackers killed two American officials...no U.S. military response...

    ...June, 85: Hijacking of TWA Flight 847... a U.S. Navy diver, was shot and his body dumped on the airport tarmac...

    ...Oct 85-June 86: Hijacking of cruise ship Achille Lauro;
    Bombing of Rome, Vienna airports...

    ...Dec. Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, killing all 259 people on board, and 11 on the ground...

    The Democrats should absolutely not stand for the republicans playing politics over the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, considering the record of multiple attacks and hundreds of deaths that took place during the Reagan administration.  

    The republicans would never blame or fault Reagan over his foreign policy, yet on his watch Americans were continually attacked, hijacked, kidnapped and killed throughout his entire Presidency.  

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