February 10, 1987 |
Robert C. McFarlane, President Reagan's former national security adviser and a key figure in the Administration's Iran arms sale operation, took an overdose of 25 to 30 Valium tablets Monday morning in what police said was a suicide attempt. The overdose occurred about three hours before McFarlane was to testify before the Tower Commission investigating the operation of the National Security Council staff in light of the arms sale scandal.
February 25, 2000 |
Alarmed by a breakdown of law and order in postwar Kosovo, the Clinton administration launched a program Thursday that would create a pool of police officers ready on short notice to come to the aid of U.N. peacekeepers around the world. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who announced the initiative, said it is intended to bolster U.N. programs, supplying temporary international police forces for countries where normal law enforcement doesn't exist. Although U.N.
February 13, 1987
April 28, 1986: Iranian-born California businessman Albert Hakim, acting at the direction of Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, purchases the Danish ship Veralil for 2.5 million Danish crowns, or about $312,500. The owner of record is a dummy Panamanian firm, Dolmy Business Inc. May 5: Hakim changes the ship's name to the Erria and registers it in Panama.
February 12, 1987 |
Albert A. Hakim, the Iranian-born California businessman who played a leading role in U.S. arms sales to Iran, approached the CIA in July, 1983, with a plan to gain favor with the Iranian government by selling it arms, a source familiar with the contact said Wednesday. The source, speaking on the condition that he not be identified, said Hakim contacted the CIA immediately after two apparent representatives of the Iranian government met with him at his office in San Jose.
July 28, 1992 |
The White House on Monday launched a scathing assault on Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton's foreign policy credentials as President Bush told voters that no issue in this election year would matter more than trust. The attack, a major escalation of a White House effort to question the character and competence of the Democratic ticket, came as Clinton and running mate Al Gore began to challenge Bush's foreign policy leadership.
January 16, 1987 |
A small freighter that delivered U.S. guns to Nicaraguan rebels at a time when Congress had banned government aid to the contras later took part in an abortive attempt by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North to free American hostages in Lebanon with $1 million in ransom, government and maritime sources said Thursday.
November 23, 1998 |
President Clinton on Sunday expressed a "debt of gratitude" to U.S. military personnel around the world for their role in deterring the development and use of weapons of mass destruction and stressed the need to remain "vigilant," particularly in the face of threats from Iraq and North Korea. Although he was speaking in South Korea, Clinton clearly had the ongoing tensions with Iraq on his mind. Just a little more than a week earlier, he gave the go-ahead for a massive airstrike against Iraq.
February 15, 1997 |
Almost a year before he began the large-scale military buildup in Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson called the war "the biggest damn mess I ever saw" and lamented: "I don't think it's worth fighting for, and I don't think we can get out." Johnson made the complaint in a May 27, 1964, phone conversation with his national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy. Tapes of the conversation, and another the same day with his close friend and political mentor, Sen.
September 16, 1992 |
President Bush on Tuesday called on Congress to shift $166 million in savings gained this year from shutting down a major nuclear weapons project to new projects designed to guard against nuclear proliferation. The request, which follows an Administration decision to halt construction of a $1-billion tritium-producing nuclear reactor, was described by Energy Secretary James D. Watkins as a shift in priorities from "swords to plowshares."
January 3, 1993 |
For most of the last four decades, American intelligence agencies saw Soviet communism not only as the principal enemy of the United States but as the sinister force behind other hostile powers around the world, from Asia to the Middle East to Latin America. So it marked a bit of startling revisionism when outgoing CIA Director Robert M.