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GOP weak in ’56, ’83

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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

GOP critics have repeatedly denounced Obama as a weak president. As the saying goes, if you live in a glass house don’t throw stones!

On Oct. 23, 1956, revolutionaries in Budapest demanded the Hungarian government liberate the country from Soviet troops. President Eisenhower hailed the revolt as “the dawning of a new day.” However, his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, made it clear: America would not give military support. His decision encouraged Soviet tanks to launch on Nov. 4, just days before our presidential election, a violent assault on Budapest. The revolt was crushed.

Folks, imagine Barack Obama talking like Ike and taking no steps to help freedom for Hungary. How many stones would GOP senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul throw?

President Reagan displayed his weakness in 1983. On Oct. 23, a terrorist bomb in Beirut, Lebanon killed 241 Americans. Our State Department prepared a press release severely critiquing the military for failing to protect our troops. The release was sent to Reagan for his approval. After reading it, did he take bold action to track down those terrorists? No! In fact, he ordered a withdrawal from Lebanon.

Oh yes, he went to the White House press room and announced to the media, “If there is to be blame, it properly rests with this president.” Again I ask, how many stones would Fox and Friends cast at President Obama if he, not Reagan, said that?

On another issue, Janice Wijnen wrote that the “Right is right” (Letters, Aug. 21) and urged Robert LaRosa to “Dig deep.” Janice, the right is … wrong on all public issues!

“Dig deep” and you will find most polls, except Fox News, indicate the public believes the GOP is on the wrong side of history.

Anthony G. Pilla
Forest Hills

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