Huh?Originally posted by Shapley:
The "Arms for hostages" deal you speak of, usually called the "October surprise", is only a figment of the imagination, and is kept alive by the pens of journalists who refuse to accept that it never happened.
The "Arms for hostages" deal the Reagan took responsibility for occured in 1986, when he was president, and thus in position to actually be involved in foreign policy.
Were there some other hostages I didn't know about? The conspiracy around the "October Surprise" didn't break until well into the Reagan presidency, and the hearings were held in 1985/86, or at least that's what I heard/saw at the time.
Okay, I'm wrong. The Iranians released the hostages on President Reagan's inauguration day because they were afraid of him. Nope, can't buy it.
(this is a whole lot more fun than making stupid remarks and backing off, right Ajax?)