Don’t paint Bush as saint

The Island Packet - - Opinion -

Yes, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush did some good things as pres­i­dent.

I know he was beloved by his fam­ily and will be sorely missed by them.

How­ever, news should not paint him as a saint.

Have we for­got­ten the Iran-Con­tra af­fair, where guns were sold to get money for the Nicaraguan Con­tras in that civil war? A Google search shows that by the time all the facts were proven, Bush was pres­i­dent, and it was thought a sit­ting pres­i­dent couldn’t be con­victed. (I hope that mis­con­cep­tion has died.)

Also, there were drugs from Panama sold, also for money for the Con­tras. What was the in­ter­est in the Con­tras?

In Hol­ly­wood I be­longed to a group of well-known ac­tors and my­self, un­known, who in­ves­ti­gated the events of Bush’s ac­tions for the Con­tras. We had guards who walked us from the meet­ings to our cars for fear peo­ple were watch­ing.

Bush will be mourned by friends and fam­ily and a list of past pres­i­dents, and he de­serves it. But please don’t for­get his other side.

– Fran B. Reed Hil­ton Head Is­land

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