The Good Soldier

Unwittingly, McFarlane paints a picture of a hands-on President

As the Iran-contra scandal spreads in ever wider circles, a disturbing image of Ronald Reagan is taking shape. Most accounts of Iranscam, notably the damning Tower commission report, depict the President as a woolly-minded, out- of-touch leader who permitted a band of overzealous aides to conduct secret and possibly illegal operations right under his nose. The White House has done little to dispute that characterization, and for good reason: an inattentive Reagan who knew little of the weapons sales to Iran and nothing about the illicit funneling of arms to the Nicaraguan rebels seemed better than a President who played an...

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