August 13, 2007
Ronald Reagan is responsible for the term neocon. I dont think he was the first. But the term was coined for him.
neo = new
con = conservative
Reagan was a liberal democrat, he switch to conservative republican, Therefore he was coined as a neocon i.e. new to conservatism – a new conservative – a neocon.
At the time Reagan first ran for president. America was in the middle of a hostage crisis i.e. Iran was holding Americans hostage. Jimmy Carter had negotiated for the release of the hostages, after a failed black op. attempt to rescue them. It took a long time, but Carter did negotiate their release. However, Ronald Reagan with the help of his running mate, X head of the CIA George H.W. Bush, made a backdoor deal with Iran, to not release the hostages until after the election and they would sale Iran weapons. Because Iran at the time was being invaded by Iraq. So Iran didnt release the hostages until after the election. Had Iran released them like was agreed upon with Carter, then Carter would have been seen as the hero, and he would have most likely been reelected. This whole ordeal was made public during the Iran Contra scandal- hearings.
Reagan was the one that realized the christian conservatives can bring in many votes. By Reagan hooking up with many evangelicals, almost over night we witnessed in the south, whom were predominately democrats, switch to republican conservatives, and the US was swept into a whole army of neocons like we never saw before. Thousands of americans made the switch from democrat to republican, because of Reagan intertwining the separation of church and state.
Reagan also brought us the war on drugs. While his VP Bush allowed the continuation of CIA drug smuggling into america. It was all smoke and mirrors.
And here is a little something on what many today are praising Ron Paul about, for his stance on Reagan and Lebanon…
People thinking Ronald Reagan is some kind of hero for bringing our troops home from Lebanon. That was a big lie! Let me tell you what really happened in Lebanon, when Israel first invaded Lebanon in 1982 (and never left- see the sheba farmland).
Reagan sent in troops to be peace keepers, along side of the UN. But peace keeping is not what we did at all. Hezbollah came into being because they were fighting against Israel’s invasion. If a forieghn country like Israel invades your country, you have every right to defend your country from the invasion. So Reagan sends in our troops, and what do our troops do? They began to attack and kill the Lebanese(Hezbollah), the very ones they are supposed to be protecting from Israel’s invasion. Reagan didnt send in troops to protect anyone. Reagan sent in troops to help the Israelis kill Lebanese, and they did. Hezbollah fought back by truck bombing our troops killing 241 marines. We got our ass kicked, and we came home with our tail between our legs, and allowed Israel to continue murdering innocent men, women, and children. There is nothing to be proud about that. We attacked Hezbollah who were defending their own country, and Hezbollah fought back and won!