Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Common Sense: Republicans and Risks

Where are the 'Reagan' Republicans
by Oliver North

All-American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division on patrol in Grenada in support of Operation Urgent Fury.

U.S. Virgin Islands -- We arrived at a tiny outpost on St. Thomas on Oct. 26. As we stepped ashore, the gentleman beside me said, "28 years ago at this very minute, I was lining up my 'thirsty' A-7 to land on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) not far from here. It was day two of Operation Urgent Fury. We were flying nonstop close air support missions for troops in contact on the island of Grenada."

The retired naval aviator went on to describe his admiration for the then commander in chief, who boldly ordered more than 5,000 American troops ashore to prevent the 800 medical students and staff members from being taken hostage by the Cuban-supported communists who had seized control on the island. He added: "It was a high-risk decision, the right thing to do and the 'beginning of the end' of the Soviet empire. President Reagan knew who our enemies were, knew what needed to be done -- and did it." My interlocutor then asked a question I could not answer: "Are there any Ronald Reagan Republicans running for president?"

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