How do you like idiot Joes inflation train? Or Ukraine train? How about that 13 dead Americans on the Afghanistan train, or your personal favorite, the trannie train?
Bad things happen in almost all administrations.https://www.foxnews.com/story/aide-reagan-left-marines-vulnerable-in-beirut
The following regarding Beirut...
In 1983 debacle, Reagan escaped the blame game
Originally posted Nov 4, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Next Saturday, Nov. 10, is a major milestone for the U.S. Marine Corps, America’s elite military force.
Throughout the world, Marines and former Marines will be celebrating the Corps’ 237th birthday. They’ll happily gather in pubs and banquet halls to listen to a message from the Commandant and raise their glasses in toasts to their spouses, their sweethearts and their Corps.
By contrast, these same Marines were recently commemorating another anniversary -- this time, a tragic one.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, a little less than two weeks ago, was the 29th anniversary of one of the greatest catastrophes not only in Marine Corps history but in American history.
At 6:39 a.m. on that autumn day in 1983, 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three American civilians were killed and another 60 were injured as a result of a horrific explosion detonated by a terrorist suicide truck bomb that destroyed the Marine barracks at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon.
It was the largest one-day death toll for Marines since the Battle for Iwo Jima in 1945.
With a force of six tons of TNT, it was described as the largest explosion since the end of World War II.
Those Marines had been ordered into Lebanon by President Ronald Reagan as a part of an international peacekeeping force following the June 1982 Israeli invasion of that country and the Palestine Liberation Organization’s withdrawal.
Making an already-dangerous situation even more hazardous, the Marines were under strict presidential orders not to load their weapons -- this, so that they would appear as peacekeepers and not as armed belligerents in the conflict and despite the fact that they were moving into a war zone.
Realistically, they had become “sitting ducks” from the moment they entered Beirut. And as a result of their absurd orders, when the explosives-laden truck sped toward their doomed barracks, the two unarmed guards had no way of stopping it.
According to Col. Timothy J. Geraghty, the commander of the Marines in Beirut: “It didn’t take a military expert to realize that our troops had been placed in an indefensible situation. Anyone following the situation in Lebanon in ordinary news reports could realize a tragedy was in the making.
“There was a growing feeling of frustration inside the Muslim and Druse community in Lebanon due to the United States’ direct backing of Israel in its 1982 invasion of Lebanon and other pro-Israel factions within Lebanon. These factions had been responsible for multiple attacks committed against the Muslim and Druse Lebanese population.”
While the blast led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon, in retrospect, neither the invasion nor the Marine intervention should ever have occurred.
Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon insisted the invasion was justified in retaliation for PLO attacks on Israelis. Yet there had only been one Israeli death from such attacks in the previous 12 months.
From the outset, the American embassy in Beirut had sent numerous cables warning Washington that the invasion would provoke terrorism and undermine America’s standing in the Mideast. But there was no response.
On April 18, 1983, a delivery van exploded at the front door of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 46 people, including 16 Americans, and wounding more than 100 others.
Against the vigorous opposition of Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, Reagan then ordered Marine commanders to call in air strikes and other attacks against the Muslims and initiated a two-week-long bombardment by American warships, including the battleship USS New Jersey.
In his autobiography, then Maj. Gen. Colin Powell observed: “Since (the Muslims) could not reach the battleship, they found a more vulnerable target -- the exposed Marines at the airport.”
The Reagan administration immediately attempted to deflect blame for the attack with a deluge of false statements and misrepresentations. In a televised speech four days after the bombing, the president insisted the attack was unstoppable, erroneously declaring that the truck crashed through a series of barriers, including a chain-link fence and barbed-wire entanglements, and argued that the U.S. mission was succeeding.
Despite the fact that Reagan had dispatched the Marines into an impossible situation and then had issued orders that led to their inability to defend themselves, he suffered relatively little criticism from the press or the democratic majority in Congress and after months of vigorous campaigning was overwhelmingly re-elected the following year.
Contrast this with the uproar over the recent attacks on the Kabul Airport, and the deaths of 12 US Marines and one Naval Corpsman. While the Kabul attack was certainly a tragedy, it pales in comparison with the errors in judgment by the Reagan administration that led to the Beirut bombing of 38 years ago and blatant cover-up that followed. I add that the 241 deaths at Beirut's USMC barracks were significantly more than the 13 US troops lost at Kabul airport. However, IMO, one death is too many.
Over the history of our country, numerous administrations have made tragic errors in judgement. But, I refuse to believe that any of them would have had malicious intent for the consequences of those bad decisions.