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What did the hostage situation do to the Carter Presidency?

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Answered 2006-12-17 11:44:43

*It gave the Carter Administration an unwarranted image of weakness and inadequacy in a time of crisis for the US. *After saying all you want to about Carter's "weakness" and Reagan's "strength" in "dealing" with the kidnappers and other evil entities,think. *Think. *Carter used diplomacy and the proper International channels in his efforts to free the American hostages. Diplomacy is not quick but it is not usually fatal. Diplomacy, or arguing between countries, can be very frustrating and cause quick and dangerous anger that must be tempered with rational logic. That is what a Chief Executive is supposed to do. He is not supposed to use the military at all unless the all of the rest of the options have been exhausted. Resolving International incidents without additional uses of force and/or loss of life is the mark of a civilized Society and civilized World. *The hostages were indeed freed, even as President-Elect Reagan stepped off of Air Force One on his way to his Inaguration. Reagan sctually spent very little time resolving the Hostage Crisis while serving in office as President and being bound by the Constitution and International laws to follow established procedures. It is easy to talk about using military force and even war when you are not actually in office. War Hawks are usually those with no actual combat related military service record. *Time out for attempted humor. *"I'll take [HAWKS] for $800, Alex." *[HAWKS $800] Daily Double!!! "Now its worth $1,600 and you can pass Don Rumsfield with a correct question." *[HAWKS $1,600]"Among millions upon millions of others, Dick Cheney served in this military unit?" *What is 'NONE', Alex?" *You've taken the lead and passed Rumsfield, who just can't seem to get going. *Time In. Back to the question at hand. *Carter didn't do anything as foolish as, say, *Current President George. W. Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq in the alias Johns of 'Freedom and Democracy' *The war is costing thousands of needless fatalities for no good reasons at all. *On a scale of 1(poor) to 10(excellent), rate the three President's ability to properly perform the duties of the Chief Executive Officer of the United States, President of the USA, to the point that he is deemed worthy of The Nobel Peace Prize. *Carter *Reagan *G.W. Bush

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