Was the Iranian rescue operation a missed opportunity?




As the Academy Award-winning film Argo excites people with the story of its dramatic rescue of a handful of Americans trapped in Tehran after Iranian students and militants seized the U.S. embassy, it's well to recall a failed mission to rescue the other 52 hostages held there for 444 days. But for President Jimmy Carter's failure to explore a single question, it might have succeeded. Evening had fallen in April 1980 as eight RH-53 "Sea Stallion" helicopters lifted off the aircraft carrier N...
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