The Nonconspiratorial Worldview of Michael Gordon

In Wednesday’s New York Times (10/26/11), Michael Gordon wrote a piece headlined “Papers From Iraqi Archive Reveal Conspiratorial Mind-Set of Hussein,” about some Iraqi archives that give an inside-the-bubble picture of Saddam Hussein’s rule. Not surprisingly, Hussein comes off as paranoid, incompetent and so on. Gordon begins the story noting that Hussein was troubled by the Iran/Contra story, interpreting the U.S. deal with his Iranian enemies as some sort of “conspiracy against Iraq.” Gordon calmly explains, free of a conspiratorial mind-set, that Iran/Contra was just an operation “to open a private channel to the new leadership in Tehran and to […]