Begging His Pardon

Should Reagan absolve Poindexter and North?

To many of Ronald Reagan's supporters, the Iran-contra scandal is effectively over. By taking responsibility for the Iran-contra diversion, John Poindexter helped save the President, and Oliver North's star performance blurred the moral issues involved. Now some are calling for a conclusive gesture that they hope will close the book on Iranscam: a presidential pardon of Poindexter and North.

The White House denies that Reagan is discussing pardons -- at least now. Pointing out that the hearings are still in progress and that neither Poindexter nor North has been indicted, Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said, "We just don't feel this is the...