Guest post by Joe Hoft
(hat tip Kelley)
On Wednesday night during the 3rd Presidential Debate Hillary Clinton tried to criticize Donald Trump for criticizing Ronald Reagan. Trump had a great answer in that he thought there were things then that Reagan could be doing better.
The item of reference was an ad that Trump took out in 1987 where he spent nearly $100,000 to place a full-page advertisement criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
“There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure,” the ad’s headline blares. Below, the reader finds “an open letter from Donald J. Trump” — addressed “To The American People” — “on why America should stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves.”
The ads appeared in the papers on September 2, 1987. According to an Associated Press story published the night before they appeared in print, Trump paid $94,801 to run the advertisements.
(New York Times)
Trump noted then as he does still today that:
“For decades, Japan and other nations have been taking advantage of the United States,” the letter declares. “The saga continues unabated as we defend the Persian Gulf, an area of only marginal significance to the United States for its oil supplies, but one upon which Japan and others are almost totally dependent.”
“Why are these nations not paying the United States for the human lives and billions of dollars we are losing to protect their interests?” the ad continues.
“The world is laughing at America’s politicians as we protect ships we don’t own, carrying oil we don’t need, destined for allies who won’t help.”
Hillary pretends or forgets that the main stream media hated Reagan at the time and warmly welcomed any criticism of tremendously popular Reagan and his administration. No doubt she agreed with Trump’s criticism of US Foreign policy at the time. Amazing how she can remember this and can’t remember a thing when interviewed by the FBI for the illegalities related to her email scandal.