I'm probably asking for it, but we use Iran-Contra as a negative case study for teaching officers ethics. Yeah, it was for a good cause, but you don't want officers for whom the ends justify the means. (Then it would be the military the liberals say it is
) The ends he achieved were especially noteworthy, but the way he got there was conduct unbecoming. So, yeah, hero of the little guy fighting Communism that a Democrat congress couldn't give less care about, but not necessarily the best Marine officer. Scapegoat? Maybe. But if he had been clean through it all the Commandant himself would have fought for him. (The most a Democrat Congress could have done to him would have been to deny confirming him to O-6 later.) Thus, the eerie silence from the Marine Corps over the whole brou-haha. They couldn't really put up more than a symbolic defense and retain their own values, and of all the armed services they are the most scrupulous.
Yeah I know, I'm ducking for incoming!