â€œOn the news at this time is the question of the hostages,â€ then vice president George Bush noted in his secret diary on November 5, 1986, two days after a Lebanese newspaper broke the first story of the Reagan administrationâ€™s efforts to trade arms for hostages with Iran. â€œIâ€™m one of the few people that know fully the details,â€ Bush continued. â€œThis is one operation that has been held very, very tight, and I hope it will not leak.â€
But the illicit arms-for-hostages deals did leak, and eventually U.S. citizens discovered that the Reagan administration had been selling munitions to Iran, using funds from those sales for an illicit operation to resupply the Nicaraguan Contras, and systematically deceiving Congress, the press, and the public about these actions. More than six years after the Iran-Contra operations were revealed, we continue to learn more about the scandal that rocked the Reagan White House and haunted George Bushâ€™s presidency, and about its implications for our system of governance.
The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History provides the 101 most important documents on the policy decisions, covert operations, and subsequent cover-up that created the most serious constitutional crisis of modern times. Drawing on up-to-date information such as the recently discovered Bush diaries, this reader features once top secret, code-word White House memoranda, minutes of presidential meetings, pages from Oliver Northâ€™s and Caspar Weinbergerâ€™s personal notebooks, back-channel cable traffic, and investigative records, among other extraordinary materials. To enhance this documentation, the editors provide contextual overviews of the complex components of the Iran-Contra operations, as well as glossaries of the key players, and a detailed chronology of events.
The result is a unique guide to the inner workings of national security policy making and the shadowy world of clandestine operationsâ€”a singular resource for understanding the Iran-Contra affair and the gravity of the governmental crisis it spawned. The documents, writes noted Iran-Contra scholar Theodore Draper in the Foreword, give the reader â€œan intimate sense of how the president and his men manipulated the system and perverted its constitutional character.â€ This volume â€œallows the facts to speak for themselves.â€
Author : Peter Kornbluh
ISBN : 156584047X
Language : English
No of Pages : 448
Publication Date : 5/1/1993
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 9.95x7.99x1.31
Book weight : 0.02
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