The senate and the house set up committees to investigate the irancontra affair. Jose bueso rosa reagan administration officials interceded on behalf of jose bueso rosa, a honduran general who was heavily involved with the cias contra operations and faced trial for his role in a massive drug shipment to the united states. Not simply an important public accounting of an egregiously misconceived policy, but a cautionary tale of power. Iran contra also echoes in the reemergence of several prominent public figures who played a part in, or were touched by, the scandal. The irancontra affair the making of a scandal, 19831988. Irancontra also echoes in the reemergence of several prominent public figures who played a part in, or were touched by, the scandal. These plans were apparently aborted when the irancontra scandal broke in november 1986. Malcolm byrne is the deputy director and director of research at the national security archive. Iran contra trafficker freeway rick ross headed for tv. Podcast fiascos season two tackles irancontra right on. Aug 26, 2014 the scandal that became known as iran contra is a distant memory for most americans and iranians. The irancontra affair was a clandestine action not approved of by the united states congress. The irancontra affair never ended washington monthly.
The only person to go to jail was a minister who stole a street sign in protest. Under the management of the same few officials, both the iran and the contra. This is pretty much the definitive book on irancontra scandal. List of books and articles about irancontra affair online research. Byrne reveals an unmistakable pattern of dubious behaviorincluding potentially illegal conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and.
No writer has been more generous to bush than journalist jon meacham, the author of the american odyssey of george. Is there a great neutral book about the irancontra affair. The irancontra conspiracy and coverup by lawrence e. Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia in. The biggest scandal since watergate, it dominated the news starting in late 1986, when word broke about the administrations illegal backing of contra rebels in nicaragua and illicit sales of hightech weapons to the islamic republic of iran. One of the important events during his presidency was the scandal of the iran contra affair. What are quality books about the irancontra affair.
The iran contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of president ronald reagan. Histories of past presidential scandals reveal common threads and turning points but. Understanding the irancontra affairs the irancontra. North formulated the second part of the plan, which was to. The best books on the irancontra affair 2020 the strategist new. The presidency survived the watergate, irancontra and. New tom cruise movie slammed for abusing facts to attack. Aug 19, 2001 witheld information during iran contra scandal but was pardoned in 1992. Drawing on uptodate information such as the recently discovered bush diaries, this reader features once top secret.
After the irancontra scandal broke in late 1986, no issue or controversy more captivated the nations attention. Let hiphughes accompany you through a basic understanding of the reagan era scandal irancontra. Congress or violated the stated public policy of the government. One of the most complicated and intriguefilled scandals in recent decades. On october 5, 1986, nicaraguan government forces shot down an american plane loaded with supplies for the countrys rebel forces, the contras. Walsh is named special prosecutor in the iran contra affair. Bush pardons 6 in iran affair, aborting a weinberger trial. Dec 09, 2018 the reaganera irancontra affair lit up the political skies over washington for well over a year in the late 1980s. Gore, and the newest season, which has just arrived, explores the irancontra scandal, in which the reagan administration illegally used iranian money to arm antisandinista rebels in. The irancontra affair 19861987 the washington post. Secret teams and covert operations in reagan era by jonathan marshall 4 times men of zeal by william s. Far too little attention has been paid to his role in the iran contra scandal.
The irancontra scandal the national security archive document. It involved the illegal sale of weapons to the khomeini government of the islamic republic of iran to encourage the release of american hostages then held in lebanon. The iran contra affair of 19841987 was not one, but two separate covert foreign policy issues concerning two different problems, in two separate countries, that were dealt in two very different ways. This is pretty much the definitive book on iran contra scandal. The declassified history by peter kornbluh 4 times the irancontra connection. The irancontra affair of 19841987 was not one, but two separate covert foreign policy issues concerning two different problems, in two separate countries, that were dealt in two very different ways. The iran contra conspiracy and coverup by lawrence e. A month later, reports surfaced that washington had been covertly selling arms to iran our sworn enemy and a state sponsor of terrorism, in exchange.
Yet parry did not reap accolades from the mainstream news organizations he had scooped. At last, the iran contra affair has a comprehensive history worthy of the scandal which, if the system had worked, should have landed many senior white house officials in the slammer. The irancontra affair american experience official site. Iran contra demonstrates that, far from being a junta against the president, the affair could not have occurred without awareness and approval at the very top of the u.
The middle east from the irancontra affair to the intifada paperback by. At last, the irancontra affair has a comprehensive history worthy of the scandal which, if the system had worked, should have landed many senior white house officials in the slammer. A veteran of the vietnam war, north was a national security council staff member during the irancontra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s. He coedited the archives first book on the irancontra scandal, the. Walsh is named special prosecutor in the irancontra affair. August richard norton, boston globe we would never have known the truth about irancontra without the tenacious sevenyear struggle by the independent counsel in the affair, lawrence walsh, to get to the bottom of itof firstrate historical importance. Choice outstanding academic title everything began to unravel on october 5, 1986, when a nicaraguan soldier downed an american plane carrying arms to contra guerrillas, exposing a tightly held u. As the irancontra scandal unfolded in 1987 and 1988, most. Along with a leading role in the iran contra scandal in which north helped sell arms to iran to fund the contra war north is also said to have employed air and sea transport companies.
One month later, middle eastern journalists broke a story about a secret trip made by members of president ronald reagans administration to iran. These men were involved in a secret and illegal covert military operation, whereby weapons were being sold to an enemy state, iran, and the profits from those sales were going to illegally fund an army of rebels the cia was building in central america. Subscribe to hiphughes history, its stupid easy and. Iran contra affair ronald reagan was the 40th american president who served in office from january 20, 1981 to january 20, 1989.
New irancontra book shows how usiran ties were scuttled. The presidency survived the watergate, irancontra and clinton scandals. List of books and articles about irancontra affair online. Iran contra trafficker freeway rick ross headed for tv emmett. North, oliver oliver north testifying at the iran contra. The world soon learned how these two seemingly unrelated events were linked, and the resulting scandal came to be known as the irancontra affair. Oliver north is sworn in july 7, 1987, before the congressional committee investigating the iran contra affair. The senate and the house set up committees to investigate the iran contra affair. A book published in 2008 by israeli journalist and terrorism expert ronen bergman asserts that bush was also personally and secretly briefed on. Youtube on byrne and irancontra posted september 22, 2014. Ronald reagans efforts to eradicate communism spanned the globe, but the insurgent contras cause in nicaragua was. Til that despite 12 indictments and several convictions of high level officials involved in the irancontra scandal, all perpetrators were either pardoned or had sentences overturned resulting in no prison time. It was ronald reagans desperation to secure the release of these hostages that led him to approve weapons sales to iran, leading to the irancontra scandal that ruined claire georges career. As neyfakh describes it in the introduction, as an 80s synthpop score plays in the background, irancontra is essentially the story of a secret war, a.
Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your. Ross would go on to be californias public enemy number one, and was a major part of the irancontra scandal that rocked the nation with allegations the government was complicit in the. Reagans scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power 9780700619917. Contradictions, disarray and a case for impeachment the purpose of this essay is to analyze the irancontra scandal and to argue whether the president of the united states, ronald reagan, deserved impeachment as a consequence. The scandal involved the united states government selling weapons to iran in exchange for hostages and to fund the nicaraguan contras. The irancontra affair popularized in iran as the mcfarlane affair, the iran contra scandal. But an important new book provides fascinating details about us ignorance about iran, which contributed to the largely botched effort to free us hostages in lebanon and hindered a possible breakthrough in us iran ties 30 years ago. Gates, president bushs nominee to replace donald rumsfeld as secretary of defense see below and the documents in this compilation for more on gates role. It happened under president ronald reagans government. Fiasco tries to make irancontra a teachable moment. Irancontra affair simple english wikipedia, the free. Jan 06, 2020 it was ronald reagans desperation to secure the release of these hostages that led him to approve weapons sales to iran, leading to the irancontra scandal that ruined claire georges career.
Jan 27, 2020 as neyfakh describes it in the introduction, as an 80s synthpop score plays in the background, irancontra is essentially the story of a secret war, a secret deal, and a scandal that. It began in 1985, when president ronald reagans administration supplied weapons to irana. The irancontra affair american experience official. North, oliver oliver north testifying at the irancontra. The author was the independent counsel appointed to investigate the affair. Discover librarianselected research resources on irancontra affair from the questia online library, including fulltext online books, academic journals. They had gone there to discuss the sale of missiles in exchange for the release of. Podcast fiascos season two tackles irancontra right on time. No writer has been more generous to bush than journalist jon meacham, the. The reaganera irancontra affair lit up the political skies over washington for well over a year in the late 1980s.
When 1,500 missiles were shipped three hostages were released but those three hostages. The best books on the irancontra affair 2020 including a very thin line. Dec 21, 2017 the presidency survived the watergate, irancontra and clinton scandals. Iran contra affair facts for kids the following fact sheet contains interesting facts and information on the iran contra affair and scandal. The declassified history by peter kornbluh 4 times the iran contra connection. Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia. These claims have led to investigations by the united states government, including hearings and reports by the united states house of representatives, senate, department of justice, and the cias office of the inspector general. Witheld information during irancontra scandal but was pardoned in 1992. Malcolm byrne has told this complex story in brilliant fashion.
Along with a leading role in the irancontra scandal in which north helped sell arms to iran to fund the contra war north is also said to have employed air and sea transport companies. The affair wove together a number of important story lines, from u. New tom cruise movie slammed for abusing facts to attack reagan. But an important new book provides fascinating details about us ignorance about iran, which contributed to the largely botched effort to free us hostages in lebanon and hindered a possible breakthrough in usiran ties 30 years ago. Reagans presidency, came into the open in the fall of 1986 with the disclosure of two intertwined secret operations. The irancontra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of president ronald reagan. A a sworn enemy a in hopes of securing the release of american hostages held in lebanon by hezbollah terrorists loyal to the ayatollah khomeini, irans leader.
During the early 1980s nicaragua was led by a newly established government known as the sandanistas. Nov 27, 2015 to understand the iran contra scandal, two nations must be understood and contextualized. The irancontra affair was a scandal that happened from august 1985 to march 1987. What does william barr have to do with iran contra. The declassified history provides the 101 most important documents on the policy decisions, covert operations, and subsequent coverup that created the most serious constitutional crisis of modern times. Irancontra men return to power world news the guardian. List of books and articles about irancontra affair. Jul 27, 2019 iran contra scandal unravels eugene hasenfus is captured by troops of the sandinista regime in nicaragua after the plane in which he is flying is shot down. Oliver north is sworn in july 7, 1987, before the congressional committee investigating the irancontra affair. Report of the congressional committees investigating the irancontra affair by rh disney staff. A number of writers have alleged that the united states central intelligence agency cia was involved in cocaine trafficking during the 1980s.813 292 952 1379 396 1588 1583 505 506 42 1265 236 766 1385 1343 759 612 1498 819 1086 242 25 198 429 899 1521 970 383 306 1133 461 1486 1373 1386 1418 87 459 686 1174 588