The Phantom of Iranscam

According to George Bush, the true nature of the Iran-contra scandal was only revealed to him on Dec. 20, 1986. That Saturday morning, nearly a month after Edwin Meese had rocked the nation by disclosing the diversion of Iranian arms- sale profits to the contras, Minnesota Senator David Durenberger, then chairman of the Intelligence Committee, drove to the Vice President's home. "Not until that briefing," Bush says, "did I fully appreciate how the initiative was actually implemented."

Yet as last week showed, the issue will not die. Nor should it. Despite his insistence that he was "out of the loop," there...

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