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Watergate: 40 years later
Omitting the most destructive legacy
The column on Watergate [“Watergate, 40 years later: a legacy of eroding innocence,” Opinion, June 18] omits the most important lingering and damaging effect of the Watergate scandal.
Neither the article nor the timeline mention President Gerald Ford’s pardon of President Richard Nixon. It is this that laid the foundation for what has become a nearly imperial presidency in this country.
President Ronald Reagan was never held accountable for Iran-contra; President George H.W. Bush continued the trend of protecting criminals when he pardoned Caspar Weinberger, Duane R. Clarridge, Clair E. George, Robert C. McFarlane, Elliott Abrams and Alan G. Fiers Jr., all of whom had been indicted and/or convicted of criminal charges by an independent counsel headed by Lawrence Walsh; and President George W. Bush led us into illegal and horrendously destructive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — wars based on lies and deceit. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and he have been charged (and convicted in Malaysia) for war crimes, in countries other than our own.
That is the lasting and most destructive legacy of Watergate, and it should never have been omitted from this column.
— Thalia Syracopoulos, Seattle