Hyp Hyp Hypocisy 8.10.15
Former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane is sworn in on Capitol Hill before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, Dec. 8, 1986. McFarlane testifies before the committee that President Reagan gave his approval for an “indirect” shipment of arms to Iran in the summer of 1985. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
I got to spend some time yesterday with some dear old friends who I love and respect tremendously and was mildly surprised to find how deeply they are opposed to the nuclear deal with Iran.
In short, the threat they perceive to Israel is at the root of all this, yet it seems they, Sheldon Aldeson and the extreme right wing of the American electorate fail to recall that Israel itself has provided arms and comfort to the original Ayatollah, who was much more doctrinaire than today’s team. And they did it in concert with the Godfather of the Right, Ronald Reagan.
The very people complaining about “dealing with the Ayatollah” these days, are the direct decedents of the guy who made secret deals with the Iranians designed to A) lift his own profile while humiliating an outgoing president and then B) arm that very enemy in a twisted effort to get around Congressional bans on selling weapons to Iran and arming thug armies in Central America.
Irrefutable evidence proves Ronald Reagan, through William Casey, cozied up to the Iranians at least once and very strong evidence points to his having cozied up to them twice and under even more heinous circumstance. Some will reflexively call the later assertion — that Casey and George H. W. Bush made a deal with Iran to continue holding 52 Americans hostage until after their administration took office, a conspiracy theory. I see it through my own prism, which I call: “Coincidence Theory.”
Carter negotiated endlessly for the better part of a year including all night leading up to his own departure from office, and yet our most bitter enemy at the time (we can argue if the USSR was as bitter) holds onto the hostages until 20 minutes after Reagan took the oath of office. Then the hostages get released and Israel transfers arms to the Ayatollah. Coincidence? Of course it was. So let it go becasue we are looking forward, not back.
And for those with absolutely no memory or knowledge of the Iran Contra scandal, let’s just restate some known history: Oliver North and Robert McFarlane traveled secretly to Iran with a key shaped cake (signifying the opening of a new friendship) and a bible for the Ayatollah. Shortly thereafter a chain of events unfolded in which Israel delivered weapons to the Ayatollah while the Ayatollah transferred small arms and other weaponry to the “Freedom Fighters” in El Salvador and Honduras.
Ronald Reagan first denied all this at a press conference and then retracted the denial to admit that indeed arms transfers had taken place. The official White House position in those days was that they “do not negotiate with terrorists” however the deals with Iran at the time helped gain the release of Americans being held hostage in Lebanon. Hyp, Hyp, Hypocrisy!!
There have also been recent reports that Israel continues to supply military aide to Iran even as Benjamin Netanyahu campaigns to derail the agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear capability. Hyp Hyp Hypocrisy, squared!!
And finally, in a footnote to the Iran Contra affair, the decedents of those right wing supported “Freedom Fighters” in Central America back in the 1980’s now lord over the most violent and corrupt governments on earth while those they sought to defeat in Nicaragua are now governing a peaceful and prosperous nation. …. I know. Facts Are Stupid Things.