St. Ronald the Perfect, the entirely mythical Ronald Reagan that lives in Republican imaginations, was invoked in the debate over whether to authorize missile strikes against Syria for the use of chemical weapons. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) appeared on Fox News and delivered this whopper:
ROS-LEHTINEN: It is against the norms of international standards and to let something like this go unanswered, I think will weaken our resolve. I — I know that President Reagan would have never let this happen. He would stand up to this. And President Obama — the only reason he is consulting with Congress, he wants to blame somebody for his lack of resolve. We have to think like President Reagan would do and he would say chemical use is unacceptable.
Hey, let’s invite reality over and ask for a response. The real Ronald Reagan, as opposed to the fictional one, not only did Reagan “let this happen,” he helped make it happen and helped cover it up. Only a week or so ago, CIA documents were released showing that the Reagan administration helped Saddam Hussein with the targeting of his chemical weapon attack against Iran and then helped cover it up by lying and blaming Iran for it. We already knew that, but now it’s been conclusively confirmed.
And when Hussein was also using chemical weapons against the Kurds, not only did Reagan not respond with any military action, he refused to even impose a trade embargo in response to such genocide. Because Iran was the real enemy and Iraq was our ally, so we excused whatever they did as long as they continued to do our bidding.
Yet again, St. Ronald the Perfect is shown to have never existed.