Issues Of Law and Ethics

The Tower commission will help sort out the bewildering array of activities involved in the Iran-contra affair, some of which may have been illegal, others merely unwise. Here are the key subjects to look for when the report is released this week:


Although Reagan claimed the arms sales were an attempt to cultivate "moderates" in Iran, the evidence shows that this was partly a cover story. Reagan repeatedly focused on the hostages. When he first approved the arms shipments, his go-ahead was based on a memo saying such shipments "may well be our only way to achieve the release of...

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