So when sillyparty says over at DKos,Yeah, ok, I'm sure Reagan broke laws in Iran Contra. So what happened? Some idiot took the fall. I felt bothered by that dismissal. My comment followed, below, then I posted it as a diary with added links.
Yes, some idiot took the fall then bounced back up and became:
Elliot Abrams-Deputy National Security Adviser for Global Democracy Strategy
And then a bunch of his buddies and betters completely involved in the death of thousands in Central America fighting a dirty, filthy war of no sense, no logic, no reason that served to protect the United States or her People from any enemies or threats, also continued on to become:
John Negroponte-Director of National Intelligence
Robert Gates-Secretary of Defense
John Bolton-UN Ambassador
Dick Cheney-Vice President of the United States
Among others. The same people that broke the laws then, the same people who caused the death of thousands of innocents and fostered guerrilla war in the region to, essentially further US business interests at the expense of the people of the region, who then subsequently provide us with all sorts of cheap labor here in the US, those people are the ones running the show now. (My bolds to follow-DGR)
Twenty years later, the Iran-Contra affair continues to resonate on many levels, especially as Washington gears up for a new season of political inquiry with the pending inauguration of the 110th Congress and the seeming inevitability of hearings into a range of Bush administration policies.
For at its heart Iran-Contra was a battle over presidential power dating back directly to the Richard Nixon era of Watergate, Vietnam and CIA dirty tricks. That clash continues under the presidency of George W. Bush, which has come under frequent fire for the controversial efforts of the president, as well as Vice President Richard Cheney, to expand Executive Branch authority over numerous areas of public life.
As John Nichols said today on Mark Marron's radio show, Americans can walk and chew gum at the same time, and since Congress will be working 5 days a week instead of 2 or 3, they will have plenty of time to "do something for America" and Iraq. And in fact, impeaching Bush and Cheney will well and truly do something for America and Iraq. It will start us back onto the road of respectability, reliability, responsibility we once had on the world's stage, it will stop Bush from looting and pillaging and raping the country, hell, the world, at the bequest of his corporate masters, and it will begin to stop our ruinous slide into self destruction and self pity.
That seems fairly worthwhile to me. And all we need to do is let Henry Waxman and Russ Feingold and others conduct their investigations, while we lay the groundwork for why impeachment is needed. I say it is, I say that the only argument in all of these diaries is the WHY, not the how's or when's or what's, but why. I've laid out my reasons, and there are more, but that's enough for now.
Thanks for listening.