Election 2016

Connecting the Dots (Seriously) Between Iran-Contra and Peyton Manning

esquire.comWe few, we happy few, we Iran-Contra obsessives, we can have fun linking that mother of all scandals to practically everything that’s gone sideways in this country since the 1980 presidential election. (That, of course, if you connect the Reagan campaign’s jacking around with the release of the American hostages in Iran to the eventual missile shipments, which you can do through master crook Bill Casey.) The key is to see Iran-Contra as the central pivot to a decade of really bad foreign policy initiatives that really didn’t peter out until the following decade. One of those was the shady process by which this country helped arm Saddam Hussein through some shenanigans involving an Atlanta bank called the Banco Nazionale del Lavoro. (The BNL scandal, in the argot of the obsessives.) Now, watch as I play Six Degrees Of Manucher Ghorbanifar and put Iran-Contra together with the recent kerfuffle involving Peyton Manning and human-growth hormones.

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