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Camelot? Well...Not Really.

by Omar G December 15, 2003
The Reagans, Part II

Meese breaks the news to Ronnie. They did sell arms to Iran. Not only that, but we overcharged them by about $12 million. That's America for you. Meese explains that the money was sent to Oliver North, funneled through a Swiss bank account, and then went to fund the Nicaraguan Contras. That only accounts for $4 million, though. Ronnie is stunned. Regan acts mad and says you don't screw around with government money. Meese suggests an investigation -- an independent counsel. Regan agrees, and tries to act all Boy Scout now. Meese suggest Senator John Tower as the counsel. He says that Tower is a Republican, and has always been loyal. Ronnie's looking very old and sad. Ronnie says he thought they were trying to save the hostages. "I really did," he says. Regan lies that that's that they're all trying to do. Regan is shifty-eyed.

In case you're curious, within this half-hour, a lot of stuff was cut out, including a scene about Nancy's hysterectomy and some Zeljko stuff, including a bit where he sees Reagan give a speech and tells his family that the old man is finished.

Ronnie meets with the commission in the Oval Office. It's "1987." They ask questions about Iran-Contra. They ask if Ronnie remembers McFarlane's telling him about money diverted to the Contras. "No," Ronnie says. Never? Ronnie takes off his glasses. He says that maybe he does. Ronnie is asked if he wants to check his diaries or his memory more carefully. It's hard not to feel sorry for Ronnie in this scene, no matter how you feel about him politically. The movie portrays him as pretty lost here. Ronnie says he doesn't remember McFarlane's ever telling him anything.

Zeljko is meeting with Nancy in private. He says that Ronnie's popularity is plummeting, and only 17% of the people believe his story. Nancy says she talked to her "special friend." She says that dire events are supposed to occur in the first few months after 9/8/87. 9/8/87? Zeljko suggests getting rid of Don Regan. Nancy says she's tried. Zeljko says that Regan will drag the POTUS down. Nancy agrees.

Nancy and Ronnie take a walk. She nags that Regan needs to go: "He's weak, Ronnie, he's weak." Ronnie says he won't throw someone to the wolves just to save his own butt. Nancy says he's in a crisis. She says thateverything he's worked for will be gone if this blows up. She says that what happened to Nixon will happen to him. Ronnie says he never traded arms for hostages. "Is that true?" Nancy asks. She says it could be bad if he starts telling what he thinks is true if it's not. Ronnie thinks it'll blow over. Nancy doesn't. Ronnie insists he hasn't broken the law. Nancy stops him. She says that people (including Don Regan) have been doing things behind Ronnie's back. She says that if Ronnie doesn't fire Regan, he'll be dragged down.

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Camelot? Well...Not Really.

by Omar G December 15, 2003
The Reagans, Part II Meese breaks the news to Ronnie. They did sell arms to Iran. Not only that, but we overcharged them by about $12 million. That's America for you. Meese explains that the money was sent to Oliver North, funneled through a Swiss bank account, and then went to fund the Nicaraguan Contras. That only accounts for $4 million, though. Ronnie is stunned. Regan acts mad and says you don't screw around with government money. Meese suggests an investigation -- an independent counsel. Regan agrees, and tries to act all Boy Scout now. Meese suggest Senator John Tower as the counsel. He says that Tower is a Republican, and has always been loyal. Ronnie's looking very old and sad. Ronnie says he thought they were trying to save the hostages. "I really did," he says. Regan lies that that's that they're all trying to do. Regan is shifty-eyed. In case you're curious, within this half-hour, a lot of stuff was cut out, including a scene about Nancy's hysterectomy and some Zeljko stuff, including a bit where he sees Reagan give a speech and tells his family that the old man is finished. Ronnie meets with the commission in the Oval Office. It's "1987." They ask questions about Iran-Contra. They ask if Ronnie remembers McFarlane's telling him about money diverted to the Contras. "No," Ronnie says. Never? Ronnie takes off his glasses. He says that maybe he does. Ronnie is asked if he wants to check his diaries or his memory more carefully. It's hard not to feel sorry for Ronnie in this scene, no matter how you feel about him politically. The movie portrays him as pretty lost here. Ronnie says he doesn't remember McFarlane's ever telling him anything. Zeljko is meeting with Nancy in private. He says that Ronnie's popularity is plummeting, and only 17% of the people believe his story. Nancy says she talked to her "special friend." She says that dire events are supposed to occur in the first few months after 9/8/87. 9/8/87? Zeljko suggests getting rid of Don Regan. Nancy says she's tried. Zeljko says that Regan will drag the POTUS down. Nancy agrees. Nancy and Ronnie take a walk. She nags that Regan needs to go: "He's weak, Ronnie, he's weak." Ronnie says he won't throw someone to the wolves just to save his own butt. Nancy says he's in a crisis. She says thateverything he's worked for will be gone if this blows up. She says that what happened to Nixon will happen to him. Ronnie says he never traded arms for hostages. "Is that true?" Nancy asks. She says it could be bad if he starts telling what he thinks is true if it's not. Ronnie thinks it'll blow over. Nancy doesn't. Ronnie insists he hasn't broken the law. Nancy stops him. She says that people (including Don Regan) have been doing things behind Ronnie's back. She says that if Ronnie doesn't fire Regan, he'll be dragged down.

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