Iran Contra Response

Iran Contra Response - patterns in the decision making...

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Jim Stanley Prof. Burke November 12, 2009 POLS 295 Reagan’s Involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair In one of the biggest scandals to face the White House in the 20 th century, it was discovered that high level officials in the Reagan administration had engaged in a scheme to sell weapons to Iran in exchange for their help in freeing hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon, then using the proceeds from the sale to fund Nicaraguan anti-communist rebels, an practice that had been made illegal by Congress with the Boland amendment. While this scandal resulted in the convictions of Reagan’s foreign policy aides Oliver North, John Poindexter, and Caspar Weinberger, there was little evidence that the President himself had any knowledge of the illegal actions. Despite this, there are
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Unformatted text preview: patterns in the decision making process that lead one to believe that Reagan should receive more blame than he traditionally has. One of the main reasons to believe this is the setup of Reagan’s national security team. While it can be argued that Reagan’s tendency to delegate and “go with the flow” was a good thing in light of his inexperience in foreign policy, the lack of accountability built into his system made it too easy for advisors to go behind his back while making policy. In addition to this, there is some evidence that leads one to believe that although Reagan did not have complete knowledge of the scheme, he did authorize certain aspects of the plan, such as CIA involvement with a shipment of missiles to Iran....
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