“The Brink” TV show on HBO made a gag of what I think is a real reason for Reagan’s defeat of Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election. The show’s Secretary of State tells a potential head of Pakistan that he can be the Pakistani Reagan by being the president when some Pakistani hostages are released.
The Iranians were really mad at the US for overthrowing their national leader and imposing the American selected Shah. They were mad at Jimmy Carter for letting the Shah come to the US for medical treatment when he was dying of cancer. Therefore, the Ayatollah who had taken the American hostages in the American Embassy in Tehran, wanted revenge on Carter, which he got by supporting Carter’s opponent in the American presidential election, Ronald Reagan. Reagan was the Iranian candidate to rule America, like the Shah was the American puppet to rule Iran.
Reagan later recognized his debt to the Iranians by giving them prohibited weapons in the Iran- Contra deal. The Republicans owe the Iranians a huge debt for putting the man they most love into office. Reagan wasn’t the “Manchurian Candidate,” he was the “Iranian Candidate.”
I thought that I was one of the few who thought this until I saw the latest episode of “The Brink.”