The Contra Tangle

Reagan's misjudgments return to haunt him

Classical tragedy demands a unity of time, place and action, a drama that unfolds in a day. In Washington last Wednesday, Ronald Reagan's flawed Iran- contra policy came close to just such a singular confluence. Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh announced his long-awaited criminal indictments of two of the President's former National Security Council staff members and their accomplices for diverting Iran arms profits to the Nicaraguan contras. Less than four hours later, the President ordered 3,200 troops into Honduras as a show of resolve against Nicaragua's Sandinistas, who once again had crossed the Honduran border to pin down the hapless contras...

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