October 7, 2005, - 9:12 am
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.
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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