|Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 6):|
I remember at the end of Carter's presidency he said that no American soldiers' lives had been lost under his presidency, and he was proud of that.
Ah yes. Well, according to someone who had been there, Delta Force Operative Eric L. Haney, there was a rescue attempt of the Iranian hostages by Carter because of "lagging public opinion of the President." Carter allowed Delta Force to draw up their plan for Operation Eagle Claw and then reviewed it. Because the plan would call for some Iranians to be killed in the process, he revised the plan to be operated HIS was, so that no one died, and especially no Americans. As nice as this would be, its a rescue operation of hostages, so that idea can't be guaranteed. Although Delta Force strongly voiced their opinion, Carter made the rescue attempt continue. In addition to a plan that would ensure the death of American soldiers, he also allowed almost all sections of the military to work together. The Air Force would fly the C-130 cargo planes out of the desert, the Navy would transport the H-53 Sea Stallion helos, the Marines would fly them into the desert, and Delta Force would make the rescue. The Marines weren't trained in the night flying that was needed of them and too many helos broke down or had to return to the ship. Of the ones that did make it, because their night flying wasn't as proficient as those of the Army or Air Force Special Ops, one of the H-53s drifted into the tail of a C-130 while refueling and crashed into it, causing a mass explosion and death to several American soldiers. On top of it all, the rescue attempt had to be abandoned.
No American soldiers died on his watch? I'm sure the families of:
Sgt. John D. Harvey, 21, Roanoke; Cpl. George N. Holmes Jr., 22, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Staff Sgt. Dewey L. Johnson, 31, of Dublin, Ga; and Airmen: Capt. Charles T. McMillan II
, 28, of Corryton, Tenn.; Capt. Lyn D. McIntosh, 33, of Voldosta, Ga.; Maj Richard L. Bakke, 33, of Long Beach, Calif.' Sgt. Mayo, of Harrisville, Mich.; and Maj. Harold L. Lewis Jr., 35, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla, would be able to argue that point quite well.
I don't have a microwave, but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks shit.