Thursday, January 26, 2017
Dark Shadows: Iran-Contra, Secret Wars & Covert Operations, Part 2
This is the second of a five-part series exploring the Iran-Contra Affair and its implications. Part 1 described the Reagan Administration’s secret wars and illegal arms deals exposed in the scandal. Part 2 explains how the constitutional crisis unfolded as a result of Congress’s failure to address the CIA’s power to wage secret wars in the name of avoiding a world-ending nuclear confrontation between the Superpowers. Part 3 will show how this abdication of responsibility backfired in the Bush and Clinton years with bigger wars, even as the Cold War ended with collapse of the Soviet Union. Part 4 will survey the era of global insecurity we entered in the second Bush and Obama Administrations, while Part 5 examines the role key members of the incoming Trump team played in creating this permanent state of war by immunizing themselves from the consequences of past criminality.