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Watergate was a disturbing but essentially partisan operation; Iran Contragate, as something originated within the government, was far worse but oddly received less attention; subversion of intelligence to create the Iraq War came from within the highest levels of government yet and it was part and parcel of a much wider effort at the political subversion of information gathering and policy advising agencies.
(By contrast, John McCain has never been asked to criticize G. Gordon Liddy, the Watergate criminal he calls his "friend" who urged his radio listeners to shoot federal law enforcement agents in the head; nor has McCain ever been asked about Oliver North, the Contragate criminal who illegally funneled government money and weapons to support the terrorist activities of the Contras.)
Contragate, in short, created fertile ground for the October Surprise theory.
N stands for Nixon, patron saint of the gates: first, Watergate, next Iran-Contragate, and hopefully the inevitable accounting by the present administration: Abrogate.
After Contragate, who can doubt that the US administration is, well, equivocal on the drug issue, depending on circumstances.
Also, Bush I pardoned some Iran-Contragate figures who were under indictment but had not been charged with anything like CAsper Weinberger.
This is very unusual because after Watergate and after "Iran-Contragate" and all of our other scandals of the late 60s and 70s and even into the 80s and 90s, I think the American people have grown rightly suspicious or at least thoughtful about the federal government and don't just think that it always does the right thing.
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