That clever fellow Sean Hannity has invented irony-proof armor
This afternoon at the gym I witnessed him doing an hour-long special report on his show, Hannity’s America, in which he examined “The Iranian Hostage Crisis” (by which he meant a dozen soldiers being held there for questioning, though they’d been released two days ago) from the perspective of “What would Ronald Reagan do?” Oliver North was there to join him in all the important smug-looking and tough-talking. For twenty straight minutes they played Reagan’s speeches about the original Iranian Hostage Crisis in ‘79 through ‘81. (Hannity often plays Reagan speeches in their entirety)
The ironic part is that we know exactly what Reagan would do in a case like this, because we know what he did. He traded arms for hostages under cover of the flag in which he had wrapped himself, and then blamed it on his subordinates. (So much for “the buck stops here”) It was a reprehensible thing to do, and if I were a hostage, I’d rather he drop a cruise missile on the building where I was being held than give weapons to the criminals holding me there.
It does appear the sailors were roughly interrogated, though. Well I’m glad we’d never do anything like that. And I’m open to suggestions as to how any certainty can be had over whether the sailors were in Iranian or Iraqi waters.