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Tell Us What you Know About Operation Condor

Mr. D

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Most people have never heard about the U.S. Operation Condor in Central America and the full facts on Iran Contra. Tell us what you know about it! Many need to hear about it to understand today's politics.:roll:
 

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About Iran-Contra:

In the 1980's Iran was at war with Iraq and needed arms badly. The US gov't decided that it would be a good idea to sell arms to Iran; ostensibly to get the Iranians as allies and have them persuade Hezbollah, an extremist group holding American hostages, to release those hostages. Because this wasn't allowed by Congress, Congress actually had no idea of these sales, the money had to be put somewhere secretly. Robert McFarlane proposed the money be given to a right-wing revolutionary group in Nicaragua, the Contras. This was in direct violation of what Congress had said regarding the Contras: that we were to have no involvement with them.

This all went public when a Lebanese magazine published the whole story, alerting the American public and Congress to the secret deals. Needless to say both were pissed. Reagan survived the incident, his approval rating eventually climbed back up, but other officials took the fall. And of course, this was the last time an administration did something immoral without the public knowing…
 

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WilliamH said:
About Iran-Contra:
In the 1980's Iran was at war with Iraq and needed arms badly. The US gov't decided that it would be a good idea to sell arms to Iran;
Already got it wrong. The US was approached by a group of Iranians who claimed they wanted to overthrow the current regeime and could do so if they got the support of the military and others in government. By showing they could get the support of the US they might be able to pull it off. So we arriagned for them to buy some missiles for the Israel with US approval. Unfortuniately they were lying to us and were actually supportive of the

an extremist group holding American hostages, to release those hostages.
By getting a friendly regieme in Iran they could have gotten the hostages released, had it worked it would have been a great coup.

Because this wasn't allowed by Congress,
Congress had no power to allow or disallow, this was a foreign policy matter.

Congress actually had no idea of these sales,
It was a foriegn policy matter, the Presidents perogitive.

the money had to be put somewhere secretly.
Since there were a few in congress who had illegally conducted foreign policy with "Comrade Ortega", you do know about the Dear Comrade Ortega letter, the congress could not be trusted with the information.

Robert McFarlane proposed the money be given to a right-wing revolutionary group in Nicaragua, the Contras.
In order to rid the country of the left-wing communist. Made the whole deal even sweater, we make progess on two fronts.

This was in direct violation of what Congress had said regarding the Contras: that we were to have no involvement with them.
Which they had no authority to do.

This all went public when a Lebanese magazine published the whole story, alerting the American public and Congress to the secret deals.
And whoever leaked it should have been prosecuted.

Needless to say both were pissed. Reagan survived the incident, his approval rating eventually climbed back up, but other officials took the fall.
Not for the Iran/Contra deal directly because Congress knew it had no legal standing. It was the typical perjury, obstruction charges that were bogus on their face.

And of course, this was the last time an administration did something immoral without the public knowing…

Hmmmm bringing free elections to an oppressed peoples is immoral to you, interesting concept there.
 
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