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Originally posted on TIME:
25 years ago, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North did something really, really bad. He sold weapons to Iran in an effort to help fund rebels fighting Nicaragua’s Socialist government.
It was a war that was already being funded by the small country’s cocaine trade, a fact that prompted Congress to halt the flow of money from the U.S. to Nicaragua.
After a short prison sentence and a successful appeal, North continues to be a polarizing figure and important voice in the conservative sphere.