The Presidency: His Failure Was Political

His Failure Was Political

Retired Admiral John Poindexter, Ronald Reagan's National Security Adviser, helped weave the Iran-contra web that ensnared him, yet there was little enthusiasm in Washington last week at his reckoning. He has legal bills of more than $3 million, has seen four years of his life wasted, and now has been sentenced to six months in jail. Chances are slim for a successful appeal of his convictions for deceiving Congress. A presidential pardon is even more remote. Poindexter is the seventh person found guilty in this sad drama and the only one so far to be ordered to jail. He may keep...

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