Subject WHERE GEORGE WAS DURING IRAN-CONTRA Written 426 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cdp
Subject: WHERE GEORGE WAS DURING IRAN-CONTRA
Written 4:26 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cdp:christic.news
WHERE GEORGE WAS DURING IRAN-CONTRA
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Although the events of the Iran-contra scandal have faded from the minds
of the American press, the unanswered and perhaps the most intriguing
question continues to be: "Where was George?"
Despite the vast experience that Bush acquired while serving as U.S.
ambassador to China, director of the CIA, and head of the Reagan
administration's task force on combating terrorism, his assertion that he
was "out of the loop" has yet to be challenged or explored by the mainstream
But new material from North's diaries, which has yet to be widely examined
or disseminated by the mainstream media, combines with previous evidence to
paint a different picture of Bush's role. The new evidence was obtained
through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the National Security
Archive and Public Citizen.
The diaries provide additional evidence that Bush played a major role in
Iran-contra from the beginning. He passed up repeated opportunities to cut
the transactions short or at least make President Reagan think twice. While
the secretaries of state and defense were both cut out of the
arms-for-hostages deals after objecting to it, Bush attended almost every
While publicly stating that, "It never became clear to me, the arms for
hostages thing, until it was fully debriefed, investigated and debriefed by
(the Senate Intelligence Committee on December 20, 1986)," White House logs
show that Bush attended the first key Iran-contra meeting on August 6, 1985.
It was at this meeting that Reagan, Bush, Schultz, Weinberger, and Chief of
Staff Donald Regan heard National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane present
the first deal--a swap of 100 TOW anti-tank missiles to Iran in exchange for
the release of four American hostages in Lebanon.
Neither the Tower Commission nor the congressional committees elicited
from any of the participants in the Aug. 6 meeting any memory of Bush's
position on the issue. Bush's staff has said he was not present, citing
their own records in conflict with the White House logs.
Additionally, the combination of the North diaries, the congressional
committee's report, and White House logs place Bush at key meetings on
January 6, 7, and 17; May 29; July 1 and 29; August 6; and October 3rd of
While mounting evidence continues to thoroughly contradict the President's
disclaimers, The White House sticks by its stock response: "The vice
president's role in the Iran-contra affair was completely examined in the
congressional inquiry, and we have nothing to add."
Evidently, the mainstream press doesn't either.
SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST (Outlook), 7/10/90, "Where George Was," by Tom
Blanton, pp C1-C5.
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