Iran's Democratic history
The charges that arose from Iran Contra are selling arms to Iran in exchange for American hostages in Lebanon, and providing weapons to the Contra when it was prohibited by the "Boland amendment", circumventing this law robbed the government of its constitutional funcation. Sen. David Boren (D- Okla.), said "The American people should understand that the worst thing that happened here, and the most dangerous thing that happened, is that the whole constitutional process was perverted," (12 ). The "Boland Amendment" happened because US congress wanted to cut off all US aid to Nicaraguan resistance(13 ).
Still others alleged Iran Contra was involved on something more sinister. It was guffawed at, US Senator John Kerry pressed on, to an often skeptical crowed. The allegation was that Iran contra, at least by part had Cocaine ties. In 1998 the CIA inspector general found that Contra operative were implicated in the cocaine trade and US agencies looked the other rather than embarrassed with the Reagan-Bush administration (14 ).
The final report of the Iran-contra independent counsel couldn't prove beyond a shadow of doubt Reagan was guilty of criminal conduct, but is find "President Reagan created the conditions which made possible the crimes committed by others." (15 ).
Neo millennium Iranian blues
Bush's believed that Iran has an active Nuclear weapons program and he threatened preemptive military action, "Look, Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon(16 ).
But a US intelligence report said Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and it remains on hold. This contradicts Bush's assertions that Iran was intent on developing a Nuclear weapons (17 ).
But an Iran with the bomb still worries the west. A panel of American diplomats is offering advice for President Obama on how to handle Iran and nuclear weapons. Indicated military threats won't work because "An attack would almost certainly fail". The Iranian people "have seen the outcome of U.S.-sponsored regime change in Afghanistan and Iraq. They want no part of it,". Economic sanctions also have also little chance for success. They recommended the USA take a leadership role in negations with Iran in a wide range of topics. The negotiators should offer security assurances and easing of U. S. economic sanctions if an agreement is reached (18 ).