Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Bob Gates & Iran Contra

I crossed path with blogger Curt (and if you ever read this Curt, sorry I didn't get your joke: but but but ...the hate our freedome :) ) who pointed to a CounterPunch article by Lawrence E. Walsh (the independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation from 1986 to 1993.) This is an excerpt from his book Firewall: the Iran/Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up..

In a wikipedic nutshell:
The Iran-Contra Affair (also called the Iran-Contra Matter and Iran-gate) was one of the largest political scandals in the United States during the 1980s. [1] It involved several members of the Reagan Administration who in 1986 helped sell arms to Iran, an avowed enemy, and used the proceeds to fund the Contras, an anti-communist guerrilla organization in Nicaragua. [2]
After the arms sales were revealed in November 1986, President Ronald Reagan appeared on national television and denied that they had occurred.[3] But a week later, on November 13, he returned to the airwaves to affirm that weapons were indeed transferred to Iran. He denied that they were part of an exchange for hostages. [4]


(REFERENCES in comments)

1 comment:

naj said...

REFERENCES
1. Parry, Robert (2004-06-02). NYT's apologies miss the point. Consortium News.
2. Rockwell, Kara (2005-03-10). A tale of three countries: The Iran-Contra affair. AnswerPoint.org (Central Rappahannock Regional Library).
3. Wolf, Julie (2000). The Iran-Contra affair. The American Experience: Reagan. PBS / WGBH.
4. Reagan, Ronald (1986-12-13). Address to the nation on the Iran arms and Contra aid controversy. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library / National Archives and Records Administration.