DETROIT (Jul. 17)
Republican Party Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan charges, in his acceptance speech prepared for delivery here tonight, that the Carter Administration “handed a major propaganda victory” to Israel’s enemies by its foul-up in the anti-Israel resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council last March 1.
In the prepared text of the speech, Reagan says, in a caustic reference to President Carter and the resolution which the President repudiated two days after the U.S. voted in its favor: “An Annapolis graduate may be at the helm of the Ship of State but the ship has no rudder. Critical decisions are made at times almost in Marx Brothers fashion, but who can laugh?
“Who was not embarrassed when the Administration handed a major propaganda victory to the enemies of Israel, our staunch Middle East ally for three decodes, and then claimed that the American vote was a ‘mistake,’ the result of a ‘failure of communications’ between the President, his Secretary of State and his UN Ambassador? Who does not feel a growing sense of unease as our allies, facing repeated instances of an amateurish and confused administration, reluctantly conclude that America is unwilling or unable to fulfill its obligations as leader of the free world?”