Monday, November 03, 2008

Great Moments in the Carter Administration

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When I look back at those crazy Carter years, I get misty-eyed remembering Billy (and Billy Beer), attack rabbits and the "malaise" speech. But nothing compares to the feelings that are renewed when I think of this glorious day for America:

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hundreds of Iranian school students bused in for the occasion crowded outside the former U.S. Embassy on Monday, burning American flags and chanting slogans to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the building's seizure by militant Iranian students.

Equal parts unofficial school holiday and angry demonstration, the commemoration came on the eve of the U.S. presidential election and was marked by anti-U.S. and anti-Israel chants and the burning of American, Israeli flags and an effigy of Uncle Sam.

Some students carried banners reading: "Islamic republic will never compromise with U.S." and "Takeover of U.S. embassy was turning point in confronting American evil."

In 1979, militant Iranian students who believed the embassy was a center of plots against the Persian country held 52 Americans hostage 444 days. The U.S. severed diplomatic ties in response, and the two countries have not had formal relations since.
Yeah, good times indeed. Inflation was through the roof, gas prices were super high and the world was laughing at us for our military ineptness. The Soviets gave us the finger the next year and invaded Afghanistan because they knew the impotent Carter would do nothing.

I bring this up because we are on the brink of electing a man that will make the Carter years look like the Reagan years; years of hope and prosperity.

But hey, if they take anymore of our citizens hostage, Obama can meet with them without preconditions like he's said he would. I would imagine they would be released on January 20, 2013, the day Sarah Palin takes office just like the above-mentioned hostages were released as soon as Reagan took the oath.

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