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Reagan has sad but not enough to call off his vacation...

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM
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REAGAN SAYS HE'S SADDENED BY DOWNING OF IRANIAN AIRLINER WITH AM-US-IRAN BJT

SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press

Jul. 3, 1988 4:12 PM ET

 (AP) _ President Reagan said he was saddened Sunday that the U.S. Navy had accidentally shot an Iranian airliner out of the sky, but said he would not cut short his July Fourth holiday weekend.


''We don't expect him to come back early,'' White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said.


Reagan, whose statement was relayed by Fitzwater, called the accident ''a terrible human tragedy.''


''I am saddened to report that it appears that in a proper defensive action by the USS Vincennes this morning in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian airliner was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz,'' Reagan said.


''Our sympathy and condolences go out to the passengers, crew, and their families. The Defense Department will conduct a full investigation,'' Reagan said. ''We deeply regret any loss of life.''


Reagan defended the U.S. action, saying the civilian aircraft had ''headed directly'' for the Vincennes while it was engaged in fighting with five Iranian boats.


''The only U.S. interest in the Persian Gulf is peace and this tragedy reinforces the need to achieve that goal with all possible speed,'' Reagan said.


The president and his top aides conferred by telephone and telex throughout the early morning Sunday, with their discussions culminating in a 1:05 p.m. EDT conference call with top officials, a briefing by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. William Crowe, and the release of Reagan's statement at the White House.


But the White House retained its quiet weekend atmosphere. Fitzwater did not meet with reporters, and an aide said no briefings were planned until Tuesday.


The president and first lady Nancy Reagan flew by helicopter to the Camp David, Md., retreat in the Catoctin Mountains outside Washington on Friday. They planned to hold to their schedule, which was to return to the White House at midday on Monday and view the evening Fourth of July fireworks from the balcony of the residence, Fitzwater said.


White House deputy press secretary Roman Popadiuk, who met with reporters briefly, said that national security adviser Colin Powell awoke Reagan at 4:52 a.m. EDT with the news that U.S. forces believed they had shot down an Iranian F-14 jet fighter. He received another update in writing at 8:11 a.m. that noted the Iranian claim that a civilian jetliner had been downed.


At 9:50 a.m., he was told that the Iranian allegations might be correct, the spokesman added.


Popadiuk said Powell flew back to the White House Sunday morning, breaking off a speaking engagement in Tennessee.


The spokesman said Powell returned to Washington in time for the conference call with Reagan and other top aides at 1:05 p.m., during which the president's written statement was discussed as well as the details of the incident.


Also included in the call were Vice President George Bush, Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci, Crowe, White House chief of staff Kenneth Duberstein, Powell's NSC deputy John Negroponte and Fitzwater, Popadiuk said.


Powell planned to keep the president updated on the situation with written statements and telephone conversations, Popadiuk said.


http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1988/Reagan-Says-He-s-Saddened-by-Downing-of-Iranian-Airliner-With-AM-US-Iran-Bjt/id-b35c3ae2a00a7cacbd49d5dd5056ac68

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btamilee
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:49 AM
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You know....how about if we try to concentrate on the here and now.  I find it rather odd that you spend SO much TIME researching what a president did.....26 years ago.  Sorry to say....it does not change what is happening now, which is what we ALL should be concerned with.  Can't change the past, but we can look to the future, and hope that wise choices are made to protect us all and keep our Country safe. 

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM


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But the White House retained its quiet weekend atmosphere. Fitzwater did not meet with reporters, and an aide said no briefings were planned until Tuesday. 

AdrianneHill
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM
That's different. Muslims were killed instead of killing. And Reagan was a God so someone what made that mistake
erika9009
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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I think we all know how good Pres Reagan's work ethic was.

The thing about Pres Obama is that he is almost always out fundraising. 

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Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM
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 A President's job is to put the absolutle best people in postion and delegate.

He was fabulous.

Quoting erika9009:

I think we all know good Pres Reagan work ethic was.

The thing about Pres Obama is that he is almost always out fundraising. 

 

PamR
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM
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Seems like he was more bummed about having to come back early from vacation.

The only reason this is relevant is because St. Reagan is brough up in every situation in an effort to make the current president look bad. 

grandmab125
by Ruby Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM
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 No one really needs to bring up Reagan to make Obama look badly.  Obama does that all on his own.

Quoting PamR:

Seems like he was more bummed about having to come back early from vacation.

The only reason this is relevant is because St. Reagan is brough up in every situation in an effort to make the current president look bad. 

 

Oliviasmom72
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM
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Reagan is regarded as one of the BEST Presidents of all time by virtually all historians, Democrat and

Republican.

The US also paid dearly for this accident and we were held accountable and admitted to the mistake. Russia has done no such thing and probably never will.

The economy during Reagan's presidency was one of the strongest EVER, not to mention he was mostly responsibly for ending the cold war. Reagan was a respected, feared world leader and virtually EVERYTHING Reagan predicted has happened including what North Korea, Iran, and Russia have done.

Obama is a dipshit who has lost virtually all respect by other leaders. He has consistently cut our military, more people on foodstamps them ever, and has the lowest approval rating of any president.

Any more questions?

Kaya529
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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Obama didn't cut foodstamps nor did he cut spending on the military. He can't do either of those things because the president has no control over the budget. Congress controls that.

Maybe the problem is, or at least seems to me, is that people don't know what the presidents job is. Since the majority of complaints are about things that congress did rather than the president. Yet they are always attributed to the president.


Quoting Oliviasmom72:

Reagan is regarded as one of the BEST Presidents of all time by virtually all historians, Democrat and


Republican.


The US also paid dearly for this accident and we were held accountable and admitted to the mistake. Russia has done no such thing and probably never will.


The economy during Reagan's presidency was one of the strongest EVER, not to mention he was mostly responsibly for ending the cold war. Reagan was a respected, feared world leader and virtually EVERYTHING Reagan predicted has happened including what North Korea, Iran, and Russia have done.


Obama is a dipshit who has lost virtually all respect by other leaders. He has consistently cut our military, more people on foodstamps them ever, and has the lowest approval rating of any president.


Any more questions?

PamR
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Look bad.

Then why do they keep doing it?

Quoting grandmab125:

 No one really needs to bring up Reagan to make Obama look badly.  Obama does that all on his own.

Quoting PamR:

Seems like he was more bummed about having to come back early from vacation.

The only reason this is relevant is because St. Reagan is brough up in every situation in an effort to make the current president look bad. 

 


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