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Robert Gates and Iran/Contra

From Counterpunch, an interesting and illuminating piece on Robert Gates’ involvement in the Iran/Contra Affair during the Reagan Years (lush, wistful music to begin playing now. More violins!) Gates, of course, is the man tapped by the White House to follow Donald Rumsfeld as US Secretary of Defense.

The article is written by Lawrence Walsh, the independent counsel in the Iran/Contra investigation from 1986-93.

The testimony of Charles Allen minimized the likelihood that Gates’s failure to remember the president’s finding had been accidental. During the preparation of [then-CIA chief Bill] Casey’s testimony, said Allen, an agency lawyer had shown him a draft finding. Allen had promptly telephoned North. “In an abrupt manner,” said Allen, North had “told me emphatically that the finding did not exist and that I was mistaken.” Allen had then spoken to George. “I recall with great clarity Mr. Clair George informing me in a blunt and verbally abusive manner that the finding did not exist and that I should ‘shut up talking about it.'”

How does that tune from The Who go? “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.


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  1. Skip Conover said, on 11/11/06 at 1:03 pm

    You were expecting a choir boy perhaps?

  2. Agent 99 said, on 11/11/06 at 3:28 pm

    It’s going to take more than just voting to turn these fiends from their black deeds. They aren’t used to any impediment by Democrats, and we’re not even sure the Democrats yet realize they can impede. We The People have to keep the pressure on, and do what it takes to turn this all the way around.

  3. Quran Bible said, on 11/13/06 at 10:05 am

    Bush look like a completely changed man after losing control of Congress. Robert Gates appointment is in preparation to implement Independent Iraq Study Group plan and that could be withdrawal. Iraq situation can’t be stabilize with occupation troops on the ground. Bush today is meeting with this group.

  4. Curtis said, on 11/13/06 at 12:15 pm

    There’s a shift in strategy coming. It seems to me that the Republican élite and their big-business and hyper-military friends have already accomplished much of what they set out to do, but sustaining muscular control of the situation on the ground in Iraq is turning out to be much more difficult than they’d planned (although intelligence sources warned as much repeatedly.)

    I just thought that Gates was a particularly brazen choice for the new “reformist” top man at the ‘gon because of his distinguished career as a cooker of intelligence.

  5. naj said, on 11/14/06 at 8:28 am

    Hi Curtis, thanks for the link. If you don’t mind I ciited you in neo-resistance>.

  6. Kathy Applegate said, on 1/18/07 at 1:43 am

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