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Missing the real story

Dear Editor:

Back in the ’80s, the White House, under President Reagan, secretly decided to aid the Nicaraguan Contras even though prohibited by the enactment of the Boland Amendment and signed into law by him. When the cover was blown the culprits were apprehended, tried and convicted (in the vernacular of the press). And President Reagan dodged the bullet by genially admitting that he thought he spoke truth even though accepting that the facts proved “otherwise.”

Recently our president announced that he would not uphold an act of Congress signed by him into law, which would prohibit spending on permanent bases in Iraq. Even by the most benign interpretation this is malfeasance. However, as matters stand today, in control of the judiciary and military this president has decided to become the law. He will not be apprehended and tried.

The media obsesses with the minutiae of the election campaign. Where is the critical coverage of this truly stunning arrogation of power?

Stefan Edlis


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