President George H. Bush , in which it was alleged that U. However, no evidence was ever found to prove this allegation. During the administration of President Reagan, the United States began to change its policy toward Iraq, primarily because of its opposition to the Iranian government. The United States normalized diplomatic relations with Iraq in the early s and began to give financial support to the country to offset the costly Iran-Iraq War. Despite congressional reevaluation, the Reagan and later the Bush administration continued to seek good relations with Iraq, in hopes of the United States gaining greater influence in the region.
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Share via Email Ronald Reagan at a press conference in Washington, He was the tall handsome one who opened the door for the big stars, smiled gamely and then proceeded to fluff the few lines he had before fleeing the scene. It was not a performance which audiences will remember. Perhaps that was what the President was hoping, but if so he will be disappointed. No sooner was his back turned that the three stars of the Tower Commission acquitted him of an Irangate cover-up on the discreet but unmistakable grounds that the old gentleman had not been told enough to cover it up.
Not so much Watergate as snoozegate. Like all the best nights at the opera, the curtain-up was preceded by undignified conduct among ticket-holders necessitated by the importance of getting seats in the briefing room in the Old Executive Office Building. It houses less important staff next door to the better known property burned down by British contras in Even grandees of the big television networks joined the sprint across the grounds and into the lift, copies in hand.
Inside the cinema-like forum, all was concentrated silence punctuated by an occasional profanity or a murmur of "My God, North lied all along" from the readers. He called them Ed and Brent, for the style remains Republican Informal, even if the policies nowadays are imperial baroque. In his dark blue suits and grey ties, Mr Tower looks like a Tory lawyer and remains a Reagan loyalist. Here he was about to damn his leader with elaborate southern courtesies.
Mr Tower was to speak of the President being a "big picture" man whose staff should have adapted to his style.
This is true. Big words have been the problem. But the gnomic all-purpose general, Ed Scowcroft, proved wrong in saying we could not expect the President to change. The chief executive promised on nationwide television to break the habits of a lifetime and read a page work of non-fiction. After barely a minute and a "now, John I am sure there will be a few questions for you," the boss fled.
John, Brent and Ed were circumspect about illegalities, admitted to nothing more than semantic disagreements among themselves "a lengthy debate on split infinities" and were charitable towards the laid-back habits and memory of King Ronald the First and Last.
But it was damning enough. At That is very plain English. His luck may not last.
Share via Email Ronald Reagan at a press conference in Washington, He was the tall handsome one who opened the door for the big stars, smiled gamely and then proceeded to fluff the few lines he had before fleeing the scene. It was not a performance which audiences will remember. Perhaps that was what the President was hoping, but if so he will be disappointed.
Background[ edit ] The United States was the largest seller of arms to Iran under Mohammad Reza Pahlavi , and the vast majority of the weapons that the Islamic Republic of Iran inherited in January were American-made. President Jimmy Carter imposed an arms embargo on Iran. Almost from the time he took office in , a major goal of the Reagan administration was the overthrow of the left-wing Sandinista government in Nicaragua and to support the Contra rebels. Funding ran out for the Contras by July , and in October a total ban was placed in effect.
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The controversial deal—and the ensuing political scandal—threatened to bring down the presidency of Ronald Reagan. The amendment was specifically aimed at Nicaragua, where anti-communist Contras were battling the communist Sandinista government. Still, the president instructed his National Security Advisor, Robert McFarlane, to find a way to assist the drug-dealing Contras, regardless of the cost—political or otherwise. At the same time, Iranian-backed terrorists in Hezbollah were holding hostage seven Americans diplomats and private contractors in Lebanon. Reagan delivered another ultimatum to his advisors: Find a way to bring those hostages home. In , McFarlane sought to do just that.
At the time of the presidential election of , Reagan was at the height of his popularity. In , the Sandinista liberation movement in Nicaragua had finally overthrown the dictatorship of President Anastasio Somoza Debayle , whereupon Reagan became increasingly convinced that the presence of an actively left-wing regime in that country would spark revolution throughout the region and threaten the security of the United States. To combat this possibility, his administration ploughed massive amounts of military aid into a number of governments in Central America that were beset by civil war and guerrilla fighting. National Archives, Washington, D. C In the case of Nicaragua, the focus was on destabilizing the government and engineering the overthrow of the Marxist-oriented Sandinista regime.