Background music of appeasement gave both Obama and Carter murdered diplomats.
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Jimmy Carter, ready to depart the White House for Mexico at 8:00 in the morning, was furious.
The discussion was held: should the Mexican trip be canceled?
Through the diplomatic good graces of the British and Danish embassies, the Ayatollah Khomeini had agreed to help the Americans trapped in the American Embassy. At 6 A.M. Washington time came the word from Tehran. The forces loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini had, in the words of the Times, “promised to do all they could for the Americans.” The attack on the embassy magically ceased.
Jimmy Carter left for Mexico on schedule at eight that morning.
In the course of the next few days Ambassador Dubs’ body was flown home to the United States. He was given a hero’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery attended by Vice President Mondale and First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
What to do about the mess in Afghanistan?
Jimmy Carter instructed his State Department to file a “strong protest” (in the words of the Times) with the Soviet-backed Afghan government. The Soviet Ambassador to the United States was summoned to the State Department. Where Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin was treated to his usual privilege of avoiding the front entrance of State and those pesky reporters in favor of being driven into the State Department’s underground garage. Where the Soviet Ambassador was, again as usual, escorted to the private elevator of the Secretary of State for his ride up into the building. Once inside, Carter’s State Department informed the Soviet Ambassador that they were making a “formal protest” to the Soviet government over the killing of Spike Dubs. The actions of the Soviets were “impossible to justify,” said State.
Thus admonished, Dobrynin took the Secretary’s private elevator back to the garage and departed.
The response from the Soviet government? The Soviet news agency Tass put out an indignant statement denying responsibility. The other Communists in this set piece, the Setami Milli, were eventually rewarded when the Soviet-backed government made a Setami Milli leader the Minister of Justice.
And when Jimmy Carter got to Mexico? He was promptly, humiliatingly and quite publicly reprimanded by President Portillo for his policies toward Mexico. Carter was so angry he was reported to have instructed aides that he never wanted to see Portillo again.
In short: February of 1979 proved to be a bad month for Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy. In fact, it proved fatal for Ambassador Spike Dubs.
AND WHAT DOES THE MURDER of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi in 2012 have to do with the murder of Ambassador Adolph “Spike” Dubs some 33 years earlier?
Indeed, no one is asking why it is that both Obama and Carter — not Reagan or the Bushes or Bill Clinton — wound up having an American enemy think it was safe to kill an American Ambassador.
There is a reason. And it certainly is appropriate to suggest that the reason has to do with the similarity in conducting foreign policy exemplified by both Presidents Carter and Obama.
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