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'Missing the Point' on Hostages, Iran and Reagan

December 21, 1986

The amount of ink spent on headlines and stories about all of the Iranian turmoil has probably reached record proportions.

What's missing in all of this is the tremendous impact this story is having, along with the similar situations in the past on the general credibility of government as a process.

Citizens "know" that top officials are lying, but they also know that they are powerless to do anything about it.

This is the stuff from which the underground economy is built, and revolutions are nourished.

It doesn't do any good to say, either in print or in columns to the editor, "You government people have to get honest and straight."

The time seems to be past when government is responsive to correction.



The Times is receiving about 50 Reagan-Iran-contra letters a day; the sentiment is 10 to 1 against Reagan.

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