A long political tradition of mishandling terror
Erik Spanberg reviews Richard Reeves' book on Ronald Reagan, Christian Science Monitor. For all the saber rattling we see on the right, and the slings and arrows thrown at Clinton and Kerry, let us not forget this:
Perhaps most jarring to the memory is Reagan's contradictory policy on terrorism, rampant with gunslinger rhetoric but often bereft of hard-hitting deterrence. Two decades later, how many Americans remember the president's decision not to retaliate when 241 US Marines were killed in Beirut?Both the left and the right have failed and continue to fail in the fight against terror. Each side has its own, unique blend of failure, however, neither side is blameless. Neither side, at least in the executive office since the late 1970s, has been all that encouraging.