Originally Posted by BigRedChief
This is not apples to apples. It's public information that we provided arms to the Libyan rebels to overthrow Ghaddafi. It's not a stretch to think that maybe some of those arms ended up in the hands of people that hate us. But, what would you have done differently? Not give them any help because some arms may end up in our enemies? It's a damn murky business over there.
This is a different era. If we don't give aid to those that are actively fighting our enemies, we will not have any influence in the area. We either deal with possibly bad people or we just sit on our hands and hope for the best.
I know Reagan is an idol to R's. No need to defend every single act of his presidency. He was still human and humans make mistakes. It was a big mistake made of arrogance. He has said that himself.
It was a murky business when Reagan was doing it too. It's not really any different in that respect.