In retrospect, many of the people involved conceded they had been walking a very thin line. Theodore Draper explains just how thin in his #book that recounts the true story of how a National Security Council staffer named Oliver North, under the direction of the National Security Adviser, helped orchestrate two #illegal , #covert#operations with the help of a small cabal of #government officers and private citizens in 1985 and 1986, a #scandal that came to be known as the Iran-Contra Affairs.
The #Iran piece refers to the arms for hostages deal of which many people will have heard. Believing that Iran exercised influence, if not control, over #Lebanon where a small group of US citizens were being held #hostage , National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane and North agreed to sell US missiles and other kit and equipment to Iran via a network of intermediaries - namely, Israel and two private citizens - in the hopes of winning the hostages’ release.
The #Contra Affair refers to US Government (USG) support to rebels fighting the #Sandinista government of #Nicaragua in violation of the Boland Amendments.
While separate in origins, the two covert operations were later entwined operationally, and financially via the diversion of profits from the sale of arms to the Contras.
Draper recounts in detail the network of personnel and the systems created by North and his team involving private citizens and third parties to manage these operations covertly, with limited resources from official USG channels.
This book is indispensable #reading for anyone interested in #American foreign #policy or covert operations.
#NeighborhoodLeadership 2017 graduate Jessie Lee is the Deputy Managing Director of Renaissance-Economic-Development-Corporation, where she oversees their lending program and operations. Previously, Jessie was the Director of Small Business Lending for Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), where she helped launch a $20 million loan fund in New York and oversaw VEDC’s Chicago and Miami operations. She also worked at Next Street and CAMBA managing community lending. Jessie holds a MBA from Boston University. Learn more about the program and other participants at www.nyc.gov/neighborhoodleadership. #nycsmallbiz#economicdevelopment#smallbusiness#nyc#chicago#miami#operations#community#mba#bostonuniversity
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