October 23, 1983 30 Years Later
It’s been 30 years since two truck bombs killed 306 people (241 American servicemen, 58 French servicemen, 6 civilians & 2 suicide bombers) and injured 75 others. I was a young soldier in an Armor battalion in Germany that Sunday morning and remember hearing U.S. President Ronald Reagan deploring the attack and pledging to keep a military force in Lebanon. We expected that to mean a real US Army presence and waited for our orders to move out and help our Marine brothers. Instead, the US turned tail and ran for home.
(image from Wiki)
The next time you hear any so-called conservative mention Benghazi, be sure to remind them of one of President Reagan’s least impressive moments from a presidency full of error and folly. And keep in your memory the hundreds of people who paid a price that really was preventable.