When Republicans want support for their travesty de jour, they attribute it to the patron saint of the Republican Party, St. Ronnie Ray Gun. St Ronnie wore a white hat, rode a white horse, and could do no wrong. That St. Ronnie may have been or done the exact opposite, matters not, because they have the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, to parrot their lies. Now they are claiming how St. Ronnie would NEVER gave allowed chemical weapons use.
A top Republican lawmaker on Thursday invoked Ronald Reagan to say that Obama was weak for not acting more directly in response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons, ignoring the fact that Reagan’s White House looked the other way when chemical weapons were used in the 1980s.
Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) appeared on Fox News arguing for a military response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians. While pushing the same limited strikes plan that the Obama administration wants, Ros-Leithein attacked the president for not moving more forcefully against Damascus. In doing so, she told Fox that Reagan never would have stood for the sort of attack that killed an estimated 1,400 civilians…
…What Ros-Lehtinen seems oddly unaware of, however, is that Ronald Reagan did exactly the opposite. For the majority of the 1980s, Iraq under Sadaam Hussein was locked in combat with the Islamic Republic of Iran in a war that killed more than 1,000,000 people on both sides. The United States explicitly backed the secular Hussein over the Ayatollah Khomeini’s government in Tehran, still smarting from the embassy hostage crisis that had only ended when Reagan took office. That backing not only included the shipment of tons of weapons to support Baghdad, but also looking the other way when Iraq unleashed its chemical weapons stockpiles — including sarin and mustard gas — against Iranian civilians and soldiers alike… [emphasis added]
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That’s not all Republicans in the Reagan administration actually sold Saddam the components for chemical and biological weapons and instructed the Iraqi military in their use. Lawrence O’Donnell has the story.
As much as Republicans try to claim the moral high ground on this issue, the bottom line is this. Republicans, led by their patron saint, are so morally bankrupt that they were responsible for Saddam’s use of chemical weapons. They have no room to talk about Obama’s dilemma.