A conversation with former CIA Director Stansfield Turner
Person InterviewedTurner, Stansfield M.
Former Director of the CIA Stansfield Turner discusses the details and implications of the disastrous Iran-Contra affair.
In November 1986 it was revealed that senior members of the Reagan administration had been covertly selling arms to Iran in an attempt to free American hostages and simultaneously fund the Nicaraguan Contras. The scandal, which became known as the Iran-Contra affair, began as a plan to improve diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran; however it soon devolved into an illegal arms-for-hostages deal. With the revelation that the Reagan administration had been advocating one foreign policy in public while pursuing another contradictory policy in private, the administration's international reputation was badly damaged and President Reagan's policy on terrorism was in shambles. In this episode Admiral Stansfield Turner, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Carter, sits down with Hedrick Smith to discuss the scandal as further revelations about the arms sales continued to unfold. What are the implications of the failed arms-for-hostages scheme for American foreign policy, and how can the United States rehabilitate its tarnished image?
Middle East; Iran;
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