Ultimately the sale of weapons to Iran was not deemed a criminal offense but charges were brought against five individuals for their support of the Contras.Those charges, however, were later dropped because the administration refused to declassify certain documents.By contrast congressional leaders argued that the constitution had assigned Congress control of the budget, and Congress had every right to use that power not to fund projects like attempting to overthrow the government of Nicaragua that they disapproved of.As part of the effort to circumvent the Boland amendment, the NSC established "the Enterprise", an arms-smuggling network headed by a retired U. Air Force officer turned arms dealer Richard Secord that supplied arms to the Contras.Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.They hoped, thereby, to fund the Contras in Nicaragua while at the same time negotiating the release of several U. The official justification for the arms shipments was that they were part of an operation to free seven American hostages being held in Lebanon by Hezbollah, a paramilitary group with Iranian ties connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.This moderated chat room is a safe environment from scammers and spammers allowing our users to engage without the distraction and hindrance from those pesky Russian bots most other sex chat sites are infested with.
Handwritten notes taken by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger on 7 December 1985, indicate that Reagan was aware of potential hostage transfers with Iran, as well as the sale of Hawk and TOW missiles to "moderate elements" within that country.
After the weapon sales were revealed in November 1986, Reagan appeared on national television and stated that the weapons transfers had indeed occurred, but that the United States did not trade arms for hostages. Congress and the three-person, Reagan-appointed Tower Commission.
On 4 March 1987, Reagan made a further nationally televised address, taking full responsibility, and saying that "what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages". Neither found any evidence that President Reagan himself knew of the extent of the multiple programs.
At least part of the reason the Iran–Contra affair proved so humiliating for the United States when the story first broke in November 1986 that the US was selling arms to Iran was that American diplomats, as part of Operation Staunch had, from the spring of 1983 on, been lecturing other nations about how morally wrong it was to sell arms to the Islamic Republic of Iran and applying strong pressure to prevent these arms sales to Iran.
At the same time that the American government was considering their options on selling arms to Iran, Contra militants based in Honduras were waging a guerrilla war to topple the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) revolutionary government of Nicaragua. Funding ran out for the Contras by July 1984 and in October a total ban was placed in effect.