“But we are not going to simply kill some people to say, ‘Oh look, we got even.’ We want to know when we retaliate that we are retaliating with those who are responsible for the terrorist acts.”
– President Ronald Reagan, 1984.
This is the first in an ongoing series on what Ronald Reagan would be doing. On war, on the economy, on spending. Of course it is all speculation but we have his words and deeds to reference and we can juxtapose some interesting possibilities.
For example, if 9-11 had happened on Ronald Reagan’s watch what would the Gipper have done?
In fact, it is very likely that Ronald Reagan would have invaded Afghanistan. After all, they were harboring Osama Bin Laden and by Reagan’s thinking that would have made it a legitimate war. Leading up to his election he sent strong signals that he would attack Iran if the hostages were not released.
But it is very unlikely that he would have invaded Iraq. Reagan didn’t believe in collateral damage for thousands of innocent people. It was not his style or a part of his belief system. He walked away from Lebanon not because he was a coward but because he would not risk killing thousands of innocent people in order to get a few who were guilty. And he wanted to make sure that he was targeting only the guilty people.
Listen to his own words from 1984….
And ah yes, I have my own reasons for admiring the former president: