Ex, Lies and Videotape: Confused by Iran-contra?

So is Ronald Reagan

Sure, said Ronald Reagan, he believed in the Nicaraguan contras and wanted them to prosper. But he never instructed his aides to violate a congressional prohibition on giving them Government aid. He never knew that the profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been used to arm the anti-Sandinista guerrillas. His admonition to his staff, he insisted, was always, "We don't break the law."

Amiable and avuncular as ever, the former President, now 79, emerged from retirement to reprise his role as the chief of state who grasped the big picture but did not bother with the little one. During...

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