Iranscam's Near Tragedy

Depressed by a sense of failure, McFarlane attempts suicide

A visitor to Robert McFarlane's Washington office a few months ago was surprised to see the former National Security Adviser kick the air boyishly in celebration. He had just wangled two tickets to a Naval Academy Glee Club concert in which his son was to appear. That unexpected display of emotion was memorable for its rarity, since Bud McFarlane is a man whom the word taciturn might have been invented to describe. But powerful emotions evidently boil behind McFarlane's studiedly enigmatic face, and last week they found a sad outlet.

After keeping his schoolteacher wife Jonda awake through much of Sunday...