Yet another Republican trying to put perfume on the pig…..Former Secretary of State James Baker said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” that he was “certain” Ronald Reagan regretted vetoing sanctions against South Africa during Apartheid. Um, of course, he offered no proof of this. He said Ronald Reagan later worked to end the brutality in South Africa. Whatever.
Baker said, “Once that happened and control of South African policy passed to the Congress, President Reagan was really determined to … meet with the black leaders of South Africa and deal with the problems of Apartheid. And he was able to do so.”
Let me also add that Ronald Reagan removed the sanctions put in place by his predecessor Jimmy Carter. He did denounce Nelson Mandela. He also approved a billion dollar IMF loan to the P. W. Botha regime and sold them arms, that were most likely used in Botha’s brutal crackdown on the black population. So excuse me while I puke. Ronald Reagan had a strange way of showing he cared the black South Africans.
James Baker, who met Nelson Mandela, called him an “extraordinarily beautiful human being.” He said, “He had an enduring and endearing presence of dignity that I don’t think I’ve seen on any other person. How many people forgive their captors when they’ve been imprisoned for 27 years?” That’s not what the Tea Party lunatics in the Republican Party want you to believe.