Tony Perkins says stupid things like the rest of us take breaths, but on his radio show this week he said something so idiotic that all you can do is shake your head. While discussing the prisoner swap with Iran, he actually said — I kid you not — that Ronald Reagan would never have negotiated with Iran to get hostages back. Can he really be that fucking clueless?
Yesterday, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, spoke with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on the “Washington Watch” radio program about the U.S. prisoner swap with Iran, with both expressing outrage about the deal.
The two appeared to believe that this is the first time ever that the U.S. has negotiated such an agreement, with Poe insisting that now governments or groups that detain Americans will expect to barter with the U.S. government for other prisoners or money, which apparently they never thought of before the negotiations with Iran.
Perkins said that Ronald Reagan would have never made such a deal: “Long gone are the days of Ronald Reagan when we said, ‘We don’t negotiate with terrorists.’ Now we make all kinds of deals and it just appears that America comes out on the short end of the deal.”
No, this isn’t cluelessness. No one could be that oblivious. He’s just lying, pretending that Reagan didn’t negotiate with this very country and sold them thousands of TOW missiles in order to get hostages released from Lebanon. And it didn’t even work, by the way. Two of the hostages were released, one was murdered, and then three more were abducted. He didn’t even get anything for it, other than money to give to the Nicaraguan Contras, who were themselves terrorists. Way to go, Ronnie. Way to go.