October 7, 2005, - 9:12 am

Daniel Ortega: Yet Another Reason Bush is NO Reagan (Very Carter-esque)

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Daniel Ortega, Communist el Presidente of Nicaragua? Remember his Sandinistas?
He’s BAAAAACK! That’s right. In yet another sign that President Bush is asleep at the switch, Ortega, the uber-left tyrant, is back and about to retake the Nicaraguan presidency.
Ortega–the man who terrorized his country with the Sandinista goons, seized property, took Jewish synagogues and set fire to them while people were praying inside (and “transferred” Jewish centers to Palestinians for youth clubs)–is about to regain his position as President of Nicaragua, which he held in the ’80s. As el Presidente, he trained PLO, IRA, and various Communist and Islamist forces on Western hemisphere soil, allowing them to roam Nicaragua.

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Daniel Ortega Lost the Gucci Glasses, Not the Extremist Ideology

Ronald Reagan fought to get him out, even risking his Presidency through the Iran-Contra scandal, because getting rid of tyrannical Ortega and Communism on our hemisphere was so important. Aid to the Contras, Violeta Chamorro, and La Prensa–I guess it was all for nothing. George W. Bush seems not to notice Ortega is about to get back in, establishing his strategic, far-left beachhead once more. It’s yet another sign that George W. Bush is the Jimmy Carter of the ’00s.
Oh, sure, President Bush is threatening to send Nicaragua’s ambassador home. I’m sure that will be as effective as it has been for the following ambassadorless countries: Iran, Saddam’s Iraq, Cuba, etc.
In the late ’70s, Carter was telling us to stop using energy, turn down thermostats, and ride bikes to work. Today, it’s Bush doing the talking. Different party, same message. In the late ’70s, the Peanut Farmer Prez allowed Ortega to seize power in Nicaragua and establish a Soviet-funded Communist beachhead on our hemisphere (in addition to Cuba). Today, same deal, different face in the White House.
Same old Ortega, too. The Gucci glasses of the ’80s are gone. He probably got Lasik. But he did not get a conscience. Plus, since he last presided in Managua, he’s been accused of sexually molesting his step-daughter–the same way he molested Nicaragua. New fashion accessories, same old despot.
We’ve had enough bad remakes from the ’70s in the theaters this summer. But the worst remakes–like the return to power of scumbags like Ortega–appear not to be produced by Hollywood. Instead, this one is executive produced by an absentee investor: President Bush.
Myers. Miers. Ortega. The axis of signs that George W. Bush is no Ronald Reagan (despite Ortega’s campaign slogans to the contrary). He’s the patrician, Republican remake of the Peanut Farmer from Georgia.

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“The boxing community” on behalf of Nicaraguan Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello,is of course outraged.Arguello,who fought with the Contras against Ortega had his property in Nicaragua confiscated,there was an assasination attempt on his life before his first fight with Aaron Pryor
and Ortega forbid his name to be mentioned in the press-and he’s probably the greatest athlete ever from Nicaragua(see,for example ‘How La Prensa Was Silenced’).

jaywilton on October 7, 2005 at 10:11 am

Prez Apparently Asleep at the Switch Again

I am afraid Schlussel is right, he is looking more and more like Jimmy Carter

J Rob's House of Opinions on October 7, 2005 at 11:18 am

“It’s yet another sign that George W. Bush is the Jimmy Carter of the ’00s.”
Amen!!!!!!!
I was thinking the very same thing hearing Bush talk about the current energy situation.
We’ve saved those creeps in Kuwait and Iraq, why can’t we demand some very cheap oil in return from them and Saudi Arabia?
And now this!?!
I admired Ronald Reagan, I voted for Ronald Reagan, and you President Bush are no Ronald Reagan.

Jeff_W on October 7, 2005 at 11:22 am

The truth is that the Sandinistas were voted out of power in 1990 under the presidency of George Bush Sr.. If the Nicaraguans are stupid enough to vote him back in power who are we to say who the Nicaraguans can vote for? Besides sending home the Nicaraguans ambassador, United States has threatened to rule out a 175 million in US grants and 4 billion of debt relief. The country would also lose its membership in Cafta.
With United States troops already overtaxed and spread throughout the world and here at home we are dealing with terrorist threats and national disasters.. are we now suppose to topple democracies because we don’t agree with them?

MichaelRoland on October 7, 2005 at 12:19 pm

It doesn’t look like Danny Boy has missed too many meals under the oppresive, capitalist system.

Grant on October 7, 2005 at 4:11 pm

Ortega returns, Dubya ignores

USA Today (via Debbie Schlussel) reports that Daniel Ortega, the Communist of Nicaragua who was a PLO and IRA sympathiser, is trying to retake the presidency in Nicaragua. And where is Dubya, one might wonder?

Tel-Chai Nation on October 8, 2005 at 5:27 pm

But what of the people Grant? Oh, that’s right, communists don’t care.

KOAJaps on October 9, 2005 at 11:13 am

I think reagan tried to break away from the elitists crowd. Carter and Bush are actually good friends
http://tinyurl.com/dsspw
So the relationship with Ortega is no big deal. Maybe Jr. is going to allow Ortega to blossom so that we have a reason to go to war. The commie is back and we need to kill him, after we pull out from Iraq and Afghanistan. And I’m not just blaming Jr. and the Republican party

KOAJaps on October 10, 2005 at 3:31 pm

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