As I watched the debate last night, I feel our choice for the next president is very clear.  We were looking at two very different leaders.  One who can help restore our country and one who has been responsible for creating one of the most dangerous times in our country’s recent history.   I hope we choose to restore this country.

I remembered another time when our country was facing times such as the ones we are in right now.  In 1980 our economy was in serious trouble.  In 1980 our foreign relations were at a “Flash Point”.  In 1980 we had weak leadership by our President (Jimmy Carter).  Our country was at a point of grave danger and to elect this president to another term would be devastating.  Below are the details of one of our greatest fears for those who serve abroad.  Being held hostage!

NOW is the time for leadership.  NOW is the time to make a change.  Now is the time to put an end to another failed presidency such as we experienced in 1980.

I have no doubt both Jimmy Carter and Brach Obama are good men.  Neither of them have been the leader we need for our country.

The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States in which 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students and militants took over the American Embassy in Tehran in support of the Iranian Revolution.

President Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy”, adding that the “United States will not yield to blackmail”.

The episode reached a climax when, after failed attempts to negotiate a release, the United States military attempted a rescue operation off the USS Nimitz (an aircraft carrier), Operation Eagle Claw, on April 24, 1980, which resulted in a failed mission, the deaths of eight American servicemen, one Iranian civilian, and the destruction of two aircraft.

It ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on January 19, 1981.  The hostages were formally released into United States custody the following day, just minutes after the new American president Ronald Reagan was sworn into office.

The crisis has been described as an entanglement of “vengeance and mutual incomprehension”.  In Iran, the hostage taking was widely seen as a blow against the U.S., and its influence in Iran, its perceived attempts to undermine the Iranian Revolution, and its longstanding support of the Shah of Iran, recently overthrown by the revolution. The Shah had been restored to power in a 1953 coup organized by the CIA at the American Embassy against a democratically-elected nationalist Iranian government, led by the pro-Soviet Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, and had recently been allowed into the United States for medical treatment. In the United States, the hostage-taking was seen as an outrage violating a centuries-old principle of international law granting diplomats immunity from arrest and diplomatic compounds inviolability.

The crisis has also been described as the “pivotal episode” in the history of Iran–United States relations.  In the U.S., some political analyst believe the crisis was a major reason for U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s defeat in the November 1980 presidential election.  In Iran, the crisis strengthened the prestige of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the political power of those who supported theocracy and opposed any normalization of relations with the West.  The crisis also marked the beginning of U.S. legal action, or economic sanctions against Iran, that further weakened economic ties between Iran and the United States.