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Editor says, how would a Republican President have differently handled the Tehran Hostage Crisis? muses Eric Lipps. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Ford Killed thread.
In 1980,CIA Director George H. W. Bush presents President Rockefeller with an updated plan for the rescue of the Tehran embassy hostages. The operation is dubbed Operation Eagle Talon.
The President remains apprehensive about the scheme. However, as the hostage situation has dragged on, the national mood has begun to turn ugly as the public increasingly wonders why superpower America seems powerless to act against third-world Iran.
Operation Eagle Talon Approved article written by by Eric LippsRockefeller signs off on the Bush plan, but warns that if it fails, the U.S. may have no choice but to go to war. "Even the Nazis didn't dare kidnap our diplomats as the Iranians have done," he observes. "If we allow the Iranians to do it, we risk losing face all over the world".
Bush assures him such fears are groundless. "We have the means to make this work," he insists. "All we need is the will". This article is set in the Ford Kill timeline in which Nelson Rockefeller assumes the Presidency in 1975.