Muskie and Kerry

In 1980 Secretary of State Cyrus Vance had resigned due to his opposition to the proposed "Eagle Claw" military mission to rescue the U.S. hostages being held in Iran. Operation Eagle Claw (The first ever use of the U.S. Delta Force) proved to be a complete failure and claimed the lives of six servicemen. U.S. prestige in the world was at an all time low due to the hostage crisis and the USSR flexing its muscles in Afghanistan. Whoever assumed the duties of secretary of state was sure to be grilled in Congressional hearings and was not assured of confirmation by any means. Grudgingly, President Carter proposed the nomination of the late Maine Senator Edmund Muskie to be secretary of state. The U.S. Senate is a unique fraternity and they do not eat their own. Muskie's nomination was easily approved, saving face for not only for President Carter but also the State Department. Moving ahead to 2012, four U.S. citizens, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were massacred at Benghazi....(Read Full Post)