Robert C. "Bud" McFarlane, Reagan NSA, dead at 84

LafayetteBear

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Robert C. McFarlane, who was National Security Adviser under Ronald Reagan, has died at age 84. McFarlane was heavily involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, but was perhaps the only participant who acknowledged that what he did was wrong and apologized for it.

Linked below is a news account of his death. What is noteworthy about it is the discussion of his role in Iran-Contra, and his comments concerning GOP miscreants like Don Regan, Casper Weinberger and Ollie North, all eventually pardoned by Bush 41 just before he left office. (Republicans specialize in pardoning their own. Just ask Jerry Ford and Cheeto Hitler.) I had entirely forgotten that Ollie went on to head the NRA for a matter of months before getting the boot. LOL.

Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/us/robert-c-mcfarlane-dead.html

I particularly enjoyed the following excerpts from the linked article:

"Mr. McFarlane pleaded guilty in 1988 to charges of withholding information from Congress in its investigation of the affair, in which the Reagan administration sold arms covertly to Iran beginning in 1985 in exchange for the freedom of Western hostages in Lebanon. Profits from the arms sales were then secretly funneled to the contra rebels in Nicaragua, who were trying to overthrow the country’s Marxist regime, known as the Sandinistas.

Both parts of the scheme were illegal; Congress had imposed an arms embargo against Iran and prohibited American aid to the contras."


"Mr. McFarlane always asserted — and he was supported by evidence — that he had been involved mostly in the Iran part of the scandal, and that he had been ignorant of the more blatantly illegal portion, the sending of profits from the weapons sales to the Nicaraguan contras.

The scheme began to unravel on Oct. 5, 1986, when a plane supplying arms to the contras was shot down in Nicaragua, exposing the mission and prompting an investigation by a joint congressional committee and televised hearings. Summoned to testify, Mr. McFarlane and his former deputy, Lt. Col. Oliver L. North — White House figures little known to the public until then — emerged into the glare of national publicity as key players in the affair.

Colonel North, still an officer on active duty at the time, was an enthusiastic player in the scheme. He held forth before a joint congressional investigating committee in full dress uniform (he had favored business suits in the White House), at times expressing defiance, at other times insisting that he had been motivated by patriotism.

In his memoir, he recalled that at first he had liked Colonel North, his fellow Marine, and thought that they had much in common. That changed after he discovered, he said, that Colonel North had deceived him about many of his activities. He wrote that in misjudging Colonel North he “did not see what was really there, the manipulative skill, the easy betrayal, the hubris and the fierce ambition for personal advancement.' "


"An unresolved question at the heart of the Iran-contra matter was the extent of President Reagan’s knowledge and support. The episode has been an important area of study for scholars pondering if Reagan — who after his retirement was acknowledged to have Alzheimer’s disease — had begun to lose his mental acuity in the White House. Mr. McFarlane, in interviews and in his memoirs, depicted the president as sometimes confused or vague about the details of what was happening with Iran and the contras. But he depicted Mr. Reagan as mostly in control."


So was Ronnie Reagan a liar and a crook, or merely suffering from incipient Alzheimers and therefore oblivious of criminal activity all around him? Seems pretty indicting to me either way. In any event, RIP, Bud McFarlane.
 

LafayetteBear

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How sad that nary a Republican will stand up to defend Ronnie Reagan. I guess they all realize, by now, that he was either a crook or a mental incompetent. Probably both. Alzheimers is a terrible thing.
 

Lion8286

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How sad that nary a Democrat will stand up to defend Senile Joe?? I guess they all realize, by now, that he IS either a crook or a mental incompetent. Probably both. Alzheimers is a terrible thing.

Republicans live in the present, LB. Obviously you need to go back 30+ years to make some random argument.
 

Pardlion

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Wow, 1980’s. Awesome. Wait until you read about what the Democrats did in 1860.
 

LafayetteBear

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How sad that nary a Democrat will stand up to defend Senile Joe?? I guess they all realize, by now, that he IS either a crook or a mental incompetent. Probably both. Alzheimers is a terrible thing.

Republicans live in the present, LB. Obviously you need to go back 30+ years to make some random argument.
McFarlane just died, genius.
 

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