Following the SOTU address last night by President Barack Obama, many feel that we have had a magnificent President all along, working without beating his chest like “Tarzan” or pitting people or countries against each other, or religions against each other – but just doing what has to be done and must be done, with the brave men and women willing to and trained to do it. Even the Republican response to the address from Nikki Haley agreed with the President’s call for unity and warned of the dangers of following a town-crying, truth-defying and egotistical Donald Trump who seeks to destroy any civility in this great United States. His arguments call for those in this Administration to drop diplomacy and adopt outright hate of everyone who does not look like him – which, in itself would be difficult. Not many orange people lately, with flying-saucer hair showing up on our radar.
The entire address can be read or watched here: https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/president-obama-s-2016-state-of-the-union-address-7c06300f9726#.rctb39hui
I just re-watched “Argo” again – the Shah of Iran thing, where his Country, Iran, wanted to kill him for the atrocities heaped upon them. Because he sought asylum in the U.S, our U.S Embassy in Iran was attacked and hostages taken. Some were sheltered by Canadians.
Basically, The “Canadian Caper” was the popular name given to the joint covert rescue by the Canadian government and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of six American diplomats who had evaded capture during the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, and taking of embassy personnel as hostages by Islamist students and militants on November 4, 1979.
The rescue involved CIA agents (Tony Mendez and a man known as “Julio”) joining the six diplomats to form a fake film crew made up of six Canadians, one Irishman and one Latin American who were finishing scouting for an appropriate location to shoot a scene for the nominal science-fiction film Argo. The ruse was carried off on the morning of Sunday, January 27, 1980, at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. The eight Americans successfully boarded a Swissair flight to Zürich and escaped Iran. The 2012 film Argo, which won three Academy Awards and three BAFTA awards including Best Picture, is a fictionalized cinematic representation of the operation.
Before I forget, here’s a link to some answers from the CIA about the authenticity of ARGO. Pretty darned close!
Officially, Jimmy Carter had maintained for negotiation purposes that all of the missing American diplomats were held hostage, so the rescue came as a complete surprise to the public. American gratitude for the Canadian rescue effort was displayed widely and by numerous American television personalities and ordinary people alike, with Taylor a particular focus of attention. The Canadian flag was flown across the U.S., along with “Thank You” billboards.
In summary, after a short delay because of mechanical difficulties with the jet airliner, the group of eight boarded Swissair flight 363 for Zürich, Switzerland. By coincidence, the aircraft was named Aargau, after the Aargau canton in northern Switzerland. Upon landing in Zürich, the six diplomats were taken by CIA operatives to a mountain lodge safe house for the night. There, they were told that, for diplomatic purposes, they would not be able to talk to the press, and that they would be kept hidden in a secret location in Florida until the hostage situation was resolved. Mendez and Julio continued to Frankfurt, Germany, where Mendez wrote his after-action report. The next day, the story broke in Montreal, written by Jean Pelletier, then the Washington correspondent for La Presse; it was quickly picked up by the international press. The six diplomats were driven by the CIA from Switzerland to Ramstein Air Base in West Germany to be flown across the Atlantic to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
After the six American guests left on Monday, January 28, the Canadian embassy was closed that same day, with Taylor and the remaining staff returning to Canada. The six Americans arrived home on January 30, 1980.
Brings to memory today’s rescue, how it actually happened and how they have chosen to cover it: The stories don’t add up. Possibly went another way, with platitudes sewn in to minimize damage. Just go see ARGO.
Suppose the rescue was more like ARGO?
ARGO – Actual Plane Flying Diplomats from Tehran
The Swissair plane which flew the six “houseguests” from Tehran to Zurich was a DC 8-62, made by McDonnell Douglas (construction number 46134/513) and delivered to the airline in 1970. The plane was powered by four Pratt & Whitney engines (JT3D-3B).
Its registration – clearly visible in this photograph – was HB-IDL (while it was in service with Swissair). Its code name was “Aargau.”
Swissair flew this plane between 1970 and 1984. It was sold, in 1984, and re-registered as N924CL, flying for Capitol Air (which became National Airlines). Later, it flew cargo for Airborne Express with registration number N802AX.
Check this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper
Here, President Obama and Seal Team 6 unite after a quiet, brilliant and dangerous operation. That operation was smooth as silk. We heard about it, naturally, after the fact.
So, can we give an ovation for a man who has had every trial possible heaped upon his shoulders, yet has done so many heroic things himself, unseen, unreported by the Media?
For example, his stance against gun violence.
Photo: Former Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords and her husband Capt. Mark Kelly listen to a question for President Barack Obama during a live CNN town hall event on reducing gun violence in America, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Jan. 7, 2016. January 8th marks the anniversary of the 2011 shooting at a Tucson, Ariz., constituent event that left six dead and 13 injured, including Rep. Giffords, the target of the attack. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The thing is, we do what needs to be done, and everyone understands the parts they have to play.
Trump might think that diplomacy is never necessary and the way to carry out and operation and rescue our team willing to do it, would be to scream it out for all to hear — that way, the operation would fail, naturally, but he’d look good.
In fact, the most sophisticated of plans are implemented quietly, like composing a great symphony with each part coming together as a whole in one’s mind, and no one is the wiser for the details. President. Obama’s brilliance is gilded by the teams willing to play their parts – the teams that he has put his trust in, and they in him. (Think Seal Team 6).
Thank you Mr. President!
The list of accomplishments of this young President, Barack Obama, #44, in the shortest time possible and with dangerous minds opposing him at home and at every turn, has been nothing but brilliant, as acknowledged by the rest of the world.
In the Blue Room of the White House, President Barack Obama talks with people whose lives have been impacted by gun violence, prior to announcing executive actions that the administration is taking to reduce gun violence, Jan. 5, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)