Despite being a life long Republican (until this year), I refused to vote for Ronald Reagan both times. If I was to try to sum up why in a sentence, please explain to me how – Oliver North was “protecting Democracy” when he arranged military aid to “rebels” in Nicauragua – in direct violation of the law blocking that type of action – a law passed by Congress and signed by the President.
One of the more stupid things Reagan did was ordered several WW II destroyers brought out of mothballs in order to refight the wars of his youth. When Lebanon erupted in Civil War, with Israel backing the Christians and Syria the Muslims, the US intervened as part of a multinational peace keeping force (France being the other nation – France has a long standing relationship with Lebanon).
But the “neutral” United States started firing artillery into the hills aimed at the Druze militia. The USS New Jersey was sent off the coast to intimidate the Lebanese opposed to the Israeli occupation of their country – the result was 241 US “peacekeepers” dead at the Beirut airport in October 23rd, 1983.
Rather than getting sucked deeper into the civil war, Reagan in December had the USS New Jersey randomly lob its 16 inch guns at the “terrorists” without spotters – after killing some civilians and making his “point”, the US withdrew on February 26th, 1984.
That’s what Ronald Reagan “taught” Syria.