Tuesday, August 26, 2003

From the "What did you expect from a criminal?" file

Just five minutes ago Oliver North, as a guest on Hannity & Colmes, said, "Since 1979, the nexus of terrorism has been in Tehran."

From October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan, by Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council under Ford, Carter and Reagan:

The "no negotiation" (with terrorists) slogan became a cardinal principle of policy under the Reagan administration. It was formally enshrined in the report of a "Task Force on Combatting Terrorism" headed by Vice President George Bush. That report was issued with some fanfare in February 1986, just as five hundred U.S. TOW missiles were being covertly delivered to Iran in an attempt to barter the release of U.S. Hostages in Lebanon and just three months before Robert McFarlane, Oliver North, and others flew off to Tehran with a cake in the expectation of meeting Rafsanjani. The no-negotiations-with-terrorists edict was a deception of the worst kind. It never deceived terrorists, or arms dealers, or hostile governments. It deceived only the American people, who were too far from the center of power to notice that the order was delivered with a wink and a nod. (Page 194. Italics Nitpicker's)

And then there's this, from Big Lies:

Oliver North, the Marine lieutenant colonel responsible for carrying out the Iran-Contra deals, confessed in his 1991 memoir that everyone knew what Reagan had ordered: "At the time, it seemed that selling a small amount of arms to Iran was worth the risk to make it all work. But a quid pro quo arrangement of arms for hostages? This placed all of us in a moral quandary. Human life is sacrosanct, but making what people would inevitably see as concessions to terrorists was a terrible idea -- especially since it violated our prohibition on arms sales to Iraq." (Page 198.)

So he broke the law and knowing sold weapons to terrorists. I know he was only convicted of aiding and abetting obstruction of Congress, shredding and altering official documents, and accepting an illegal gratuity, but is there a statute of limitations on treason? That's clearly what he's admitting to -- and not some sort of mushy-headed, "if you don't like my war you're a traitor" bullshit -- we're talking honest-to-God "lending aid and comfort." He's admitting it. He says we've known since 1979 that Tehran was the "nexus" of terrorism and that he gave those terrorists weapons. This man is a disgrace.

Update: After all that, Hannity still finished up with Big Lie #10: Conservatives are tough on terrorism, while liberal Democrats are soft. There must be intellectually honest conservatives out there somewhere, right?

Update: "Any person, organization, or government that supports, protects, or harbors terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent, and equally guilty of terrorist crimes." - George W. Bush, May 1, 2003


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