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The Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa reports that the United States has been secretly selling arms to Iran in an effort to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. The revelation, confirmed by U.S. intelligence sources on November 6, came as a shock to officials outside President Ronald Reagan's inner circle and went against the stated policy of the administration. In addition to violating the U.S. arms embargo against Iran, the arms sales contradicted President Reagan's vow never to negotiate with terrorists.

 

On November 25, controversy over the administration's secret dealings with Iran deepened dramatically when Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that proceeds from the arms sales were diverted to fund Nicaraguan rebels—the Contras—who were fighting a guerrilla war against the elected leftist government of Nicaragua. The Contra connection caused outrage in Congress, which in 1982 had passed the Boland Amendment prohibiting the use of federal money "for the purpose of overthrowing the government of Nicaragua." The same day that the Iran-Contra connection was disclosed, President Reagan accepted the resignation of his national security adviser, Vice Admiral John Poindexter, and fired Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, a Poindexter aide. Both men had played key roles in the Iran-Contra operation. Reagan accepted responsibility for the arms-for-hostages deal but denied any knowledge of the diversion of funds to the Contras.

 

In December 1986, Lawrence Walsh was named special prosecutor to investigate the matter, and in the summer of 1987 Congress held televised hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal. Both investigations revealed that North and other administration officials had attempted to illegally cover up their illicit dealings with the Contras and Iran. In the course of Walsh's investigation, eleven White House, State Department, and intelligence officials were found guilty on charges ranging from perjury to withholding information from Congress to conspiracy to defraud the United States. In his final report, Walsh concluded that neither Reagan nor Vice President George Bush violated any laws in connection with the affair, but that Reagan had set the stage for the illegal activities of others by ordering continued support of the Contras after Congress prohibited it. The report also found that Reagan and Bush engaged in conduct that contributed to a "concerted effort to deceive Congress and the public" about the Iran-Contra affair.

 

On Christmas Eve, 1992, shortly after being defeated in his reelection bid by Bill Clinton, President George Bush pardoned six major figures in the Iran-Contra affair. Two of the men, former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger and former chief of CIA operations Duane Clarridge, had trials for perjury pending.

 

"Saint" Ron my arse!

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But, But, the immaturity continues. Is it shame or what that makes the right shut down and unable to

have a conversation about those they supported ? It's bad enough we defend any political thief,

but to refuse a dialogue with such childish arrogance is, well, amusing.

Can we start an "adults only" section to discuss politics ?

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You will lose control of the Senate tomorrow.  No matter what 35 year old stuff you bring up.  You will lose control of the Senate tomorrow.



You will have liberals in the Republican Party that will help you continue your redistributionist, anti American, anti liberty bullcrap, but you have been taught to rail against them anyway.


Its just you few hangers on and the moron you just HAD TO elect cause you thought people would like you more if you elected a black guy.*


 


 



*(Pro Tip-Black fokks still dont like you people.  And dont tell me about your black friends.   You dont have any)


 


 


Have a swell day.


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Reagan was so ill with dementia at this point I don't think he even knew what his people were doing.

 

I don't hold it against him, don't believe it would have happened if he was of sound mind.

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Funny. At least we got the prisoners back with Ronnie. The failed Messiah let five top terrorists go and all we got was a stinking deserter.

 

But for liberals, all deserters are really heros.

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Originally Posted by Plug and teaser View Post

Reagan was so ill with dementia at this point I don't think he even knew what his people were doing.

 



I dont believe that.  I think you made that up.  


How are you going to celebrate/mourn the loss of the upper house?


 


Liberal news this morning.  George Stefanopolis' news show this morning had a longer more involved news story about two nascar racers getting in a fistfight than his administrations' impending loss of the upper house, and the resulting end of the Obama junta.


Pitiful lot, I'll tell ya.


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I'll add that these were impeachable offenses by any measure, easily up with Nixon's BS.

 

But unlike Nixon, Regan was a good man and the investigation/hearings etc. left no doubt about his condition.

 

No one had the stomach for it.

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Reagans staff only allowed him to speak publicly on his good days. There are videos of Nancy

prompting answer for him. Essentially, we had Ed Meese and others running the country.

 

In a picture-taking session at the Reagan ranch in California earlier this month, Mr. Reagan was asked a question about American-Soviet talks on space weapons. When he hesitated, Mrs. Reagan could be heard saying, ''Tell them we are doing everything we can.''

 

Reagan Son Claims Dad Had Alzheimer's as President

 

FDR tried to hide that he couldn't walk out of photos for a while. What's the big deal that people have to lie about Saint Ronnie ?

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Yep. Now we have a president and first lady who get heckled by illegal immigrants at campaign rallies. Illegal.....and they pander to them. It's surreal.

 

Didn't you hear, minority is the new majority?

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