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  •  Jimmy Carter (4+ / 0-)
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    was also a smart president but inexperienced. He certainly had a high EQ. If he had been re-elected he would have been a much smarter president. Unfortunately for our long term history, we got Ronnie Raygun. Carter just had bad luck. If the Iran hostage rescue had worked, Carter would have been re-elected. He also did not have the masterful campaign operation that Obama had.

    •  yep. Bad economy plus botched rescue equalled (4+ / 0-)
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      twelve years in the wilderness with Reagan/Bush.  Then equally disastrous butterfly ballot got us eight years in hell with Bush the Lesser.

      •  Carter should have resisted the rescue attempt. (0+ / 0-)

        He knew it would involve the loss of some hostages' lives, but he caved to the pressure for a rescue.

        The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

        by ybruti on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:00:06 AM PST

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        •  Would appear so with 20/20 retrospectoscope, but (0+ / 0-)

          What if he had been successful with minimal loss of life?

          And the fact that they were eventually freed sans rescue is not determinative because of the election and the consequences that had on Iran's decision-making.

          •  My view is not retrospective. (0+ / 0-)

            I was following the events closely and was proud of Carter that he resisted the pressure to ACT, preferring to negotiate and save all the hostages' lives. I was disappointed when he waffled and agreed to a rescue which was expected to end in the loss of as many as a third of the hostages, or so I read at the time.

            The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

            by ybruti on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:15:24 PM PST

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