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In late President Ronald Reagan became embroiled in in what became known as the Irangate Scandal. It was discovered that the Reagan administration . New revelations published on 25th anniversary of Iran-Contra affair say Israel played secondary part in the scandal which rocked DC in This scandal illustrates a different but equally dangerous type of Presidential fiasco we have to learn to guard against. Mr. Nixon compulsively.

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C and gave him a guided tour at midnight of the White House. According to his Middle Eastern experts the operation was pointless because the moderates in Iran were not in a position to challenge the fundamentalists.

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Illegal trading The transactions that took place in the Iran-Contra scandal were contrary to the legislation of the Democratic-dominated Congress and contrary to official Reagan administration policy. The captors promised to release the remaining two, but the release never happened. As a military aide to the National Security Council, Scadal had been the main negotiator. Learn More scaneal these related Britannica articles: Shultz, Hill and Platt.

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North was charged with 12 counts relating to conspiracy and making false statements. Much to McFarlane’s disgust, he did not meet ministers, and instead met in his words “third and fourth level officials”. Until then, Israel had been responsible for making the deliveries, for which the US agreed to replenish their stocks of American weapons.


The United States and Iran have never been at war, but by imposing unilateral sanctions, the U. History of the United States.

Iran-Contra Affair

Viktor Bout, allegedly the world’s most igangate arms dealer, was the scourge of Africa for nearly two decades and now he is behind bars–but for how long? Assisting involved supplying financial support, a difficult task politically after the Democratic sweep of congressional elections in November But if you see something that doesn’t look right, contact us!

Congressional committees investigating the Iran-Contra Affair. But now with everything from Tigergate to Terrygate, it’s well past its use-by gate.

Reagan expressed regret regarding the situation in a nationally televised address from the Oval Office on 4 Marchand in two other speeches; [69] Reagan had not spoken to the American people directly for three months amidst the scandal, [70] and he offered the following explanation for his silence:. Casey Gates In Robert M. A Task is Handed to State Dept. Reagan Approves Iran-Contra Counsel.

Ronald ReaganGeorge H. New report suggests Israel linked to Irangate scandal. In the case of Nicaragua, the focus was on destabilizing the government and engineering the overthrow of the Marxist-oriented Sandinista regime. As the Tower board reported, what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages.

Shultz, Don Regan agreed.

Casey played a part in the conspiracy, but he died during the hearings. Joe,” after the popular American toy. When asked about his role in authorizing the arms deals, he first stated that he had; later, he appeared to contradict himself by stating that he had no recollection of doing so. Normally when hostage rescues are carried out all the terrorists are wiped out along with a good percentage if not all of the hostages as in Breslan Russia and Irangate UK although in Munich Olympics the surviving terrorists were let of.


As president, Reagan felt that “he had the duty to bring those Americans home,” and he convinced himself that he was not negotiating with terrorists. They sought specifically the delivery from Israel of TOW missiles The controversial dealmaking—and the ensuing political scandal—threatened to bring down the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

See Iranian Hostage Crisis. A book published in by Israeli journalist and terrorism expert Ronen Bergman asserts that Bush was also personally and secretly briefed on the affair by Amiram Nira counterterrorism adviser to the then Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Shamirwhen Bush was on a visit to Israel.

It concluded that the scandal, involving a complicated plan whereby some of the funds from secret weapons sales to Iran were used to finance the There is some question and dispute about precisely the level at which he chose to follow the operation details.