TCS Daily – Twin Anniversaries (Reagan and Iran Hostages)
My lastest piece for TCS Daily, “Twin Anniversaries, ” is posted. It begins,
At noon on January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as President of the United States. Minutes later, the remaining hostages who had been held captive for 444 days at the American embassy in Teheran were freed.
The Iran hostage crisis, which began on November 4, 1979, gripped the nation. Our impotency in the face of some thugs in a Third World country symbolized the decline of America. During the previous decade, we had been defeated in our longest war, gone through two energy crises, seen our economy tumble to its post-Depression worst, and lost all trust in our political institutions.
That all changed in that one hour.
See the rest at the link.
Update: The Officers’ Club reflects on the Iran Hostage anniversary.
Most of the other coverage in the Blogosphere is on Reagan.
- The Key Monk: “President Reagan acted as both a moral voice and the sword-arm of freedom. “
- Larry Kudlow: “The Gipper would be pleased to know that the ‘shining city upon the hill’ that he often referred to is still shining brightly.”
- Jonathan Wilson: “Reaganomics . . . has not yet carried the day in the judiciary.”
- Tom Blumer asks, “Are we better off than we were 25 years ago?”
- Rightwingsparkle: “He believed in what we desired, but thought impossible, and he made it happen.”