The Iran-Contra affair was no scandal


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Regarding the June 11 letter “Oliver North Has No Apparent Shame for Lives He Put at Risk” concerning the Iran-Contra affair: I understand that the editorial section of the paper is meant for expression of opinion, but the Post-Gazette has some responsibility to vet the reader’s submissions.

Ronald Reagan risked everything for the sake of hostages. He had nothing to gain from the operation. The notion that it was even a scandal is preposterous. Several Democrats had been briefed on the operation that suddenly morphed to a scandal when the Democrats captured the Senate in 1986.

The program was well planned and was part of a coherent foreign policy to keep Nicaragua free, push Iraq and Iran into a mutually defeating war and bring home hostages. The weapons sold could never have been effective against the U.S. fleet. Any such attempted use would have been unimaginable folly. We had professionals running the military at the time.

Nothing happened by the “grace of god.” Competent, dedicated leaders accomplished all of their objectives, despite the willingness of Democrats to sacrifice a Central American ally for political gain.

Compare Reagan to President Barack Obama: White House press conferences when Mr. Bush’s anti-terrorist policies were what led to the capture of Osama bin Laden; news conferences when one hostage (most likely a deserter) is freed at an incalculable risk to our soldiers.

Mr. Reagan was a fine gentlemen, but one whom Iran had no intention of testing.

The only question Americans should be asking is this: “Is there another Reagan to fix this mess?” Freedom is in retreat worldwide.

EDWARD SETH
Crafton


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