It's Very Difficult to Accept

Meese, Regan and Weinberger add little to an incomplete story

After eleven weeks of testimony from 28 witnesses, the congressional committees probing the Iran-contra affair finally heard from the investigator who brought the scandal to light and the official who presided over the White House staff while the ill-conceived policy was unfolding. Neither Attorney General Edwin Meese nor former Chief of Staff Don Regan did much to shake the devastating portrait that has emerged from the hearings of a secret foreign- policy apparatus run amuck and key officials more concerned with pulling together a convincing alibi than getting to the bottom of the tangled tale.

Meese's account of his four-day inquiry...