“Ronald Reagan doesn’t see the world that you and I see,” says Sam Donaldson, a journalist whose words are every bit as salient then as now, “He sees a world through rose colored glasses. It’s a wonderful world. But it’s not the real world that exists out there. And so he didn’t want to see a world in which he had traded arms for hostages. That ran against his grain. That’s not his world. And yet, he did it.”
With all the criticisms being aimed at Obama for the Bowe Bergdahl release and the trading of five Taliban in order to retrieve Bergdahl, it’s easy to overlook that this isn’t the first time this has happened. Bush released over 500 Taliban warriors, but even before that, before Obama, Bush, and the Afghan War, there was Reagan and Iran-Contra. Lionized and canonized by the American right-wing, Reagan found himself embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal after trading arms for hostages. Then, he denied it. That was nearly 30 years ago.
To this day, the Republicans are still in denial.
“In spite of the wild and speculative false stories about arms for hostages and alleged ransom payments,” Reagan says in the video, “we did not, repeat, did not trade arms for hostages.”
You can watch the video below. WARNING: Sound starts at about 20 seconds into the movie.
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