As we speak, Iranian and US ships are a little too close for comfort around Yemen. In other words, we’ve been in a “de facto” state of war with Iran for a long time, or since the so called students crashed the US embassy in November 1979. They took about 50 US diplomats hostage.
35 years ago today, President Carter approved a rescue mission. Unfortunately, he addressed the nation early in the morning to tell us what went wrong. It was a terrible morning:
“On April 24, 1980, an ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued.”
It was horrible. The hostages were eventually released a few minutes after President Reagan was sworn in January 1981.