by Randy Reynolds (2007)

"The CIA Old Boys were reeling. In the 1970s, exposure of their dirty games and dirty tricks made the Cold Warriors look sinister--and silly. Then, President Carter ordered a house cleaning that left scores of CIA men out in the cold. In 1980, the CIA men wanted back in and their champion was [Reagan's vice-presidential candidate and] former CIA director George Bush. With Bush and Ronald Reagan in power, the old spies could resume their work with a vengeance. The temptation was to do to Jimmy Carter what the CIA had done to countless other world leaders--overthrow him." --Robert Parry, Bush and a CIA Power Play, 1996

Soviet head of state Mikhail Gorbachev disbanded the KGB in retaliation for their failed coup against him in late 1991. His successor Boris Yeltsen, in the spirit of openness, made the KGB's files available for the whole world to see.

The blood of revolutions, regime change, assassination, torture and the gulags dripped from the pages of the KGB's records. Also detailed were the comings and goings of the people on whom the agency spied from 1954-1991. One such subject, in 1980, was Robert Gates, a trusted aide of President Jimmy Carter.

President Carter was rising in the polls in October, 1980, and had closed the gap with Ronald Reagan. Carter was confident of re-election because Iran, in secret talks with Assistant Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Turkey, had agreed to release the 52 American hostages they had been holding for more than a year. But Carter's Assistant National Security Advisor Robert Gates was doing all he could to sabotage the plan.

Carter, obviously, didn't know that Gates was betraying him for Reagan. The KGB followed Robert Gates to Paris, Madrid and London for clandestine meetings with representatives of Ayatollah Khomeini's government. Gates was offering to pay a ransom: weapons for hostages--not for the release of the hostages, but for their continued captivity; and not from the current President, but from his opponent.

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, former President of Iran, said: “Khomeini's nephew told me that if I do not accept this proposal, [the Republicans] would make the same offer to my rivals. He further said that [the Republicans] have enormous influence in the CIA. ... Lastly, he told me my refusal of their offer would result in my elimination.”

The KGB papers released 11 years later by Yeltsin asserted that Gates was accompanied on several of his missions by a top American spymaster from the 1940's and 50's, William Casey, who was, in 1980, Reagan's campaign manager and later became Reagan's Director of CIA.

The Soviet spy records showed, and Iranian President Bani-Sadr later confirmed, that another member of the Reagan delegation on at least one occasion (in Paris,) was former CIA head George H.W. Bush, at that time the vice-presidential nominee on the republican ticket.

The bargain was struck, the hostage ordeal was extended and Carter was denied his "October surprise."

Thus Reagan's superspies--Campaign Manager/soon-to-be CIA Director William Casey, Vice-president/ former CIA Director George Bush, National Security Council Advisor/Bush 41 CIA Director Robert Gates--rented the motel room and turned back the covers for Reagan to get into bed with the Iranians on Day One of his administration. The old actor went willingly. The three past/future CIA chiefs had gotten him elected, so he had no reason not to trust them.


Within 15 minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President on January 20, 1981, Iran released the 52 American hostages.

Former President Carter flew off for an emotional reunion with them in Frankfurt, Germany.

George H. W. Bush, the hidden hand in the Reagan Administration, went on to become the 41st President of the United States.

Robert Gates, the traitor in the Carter White House, became CIA Director for Bush 41. 

(*Note/2015:  Gates was later to be Secretary of Defense for Bush 43 and was retained in that post by Obama. After leaving office, Gates--the man who had betrayed Carter--did the same to Obama in a memoir.)

Iranians staged candlelight marches to show sympathy for America after the 9/11 attacks.

A few weeks later, Bush 43 called Iran a part of the Axis of Evil.

William Casey died two days before he was to testify to the Iran-Contra special prosecutor.

Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis: "The more I listened, the more I realized that they were actually dreading the thought that the hostages might be released--if it happened at a time they thought would be inconvenient for their election plans."

Former President Carter said (in the Village Voice): "The Iranian parliament was meeting and we had every information from Bani-Sadr and others that they were going to vote overwhelmngly to let the hostages go. And at the last minute on Sunday [two days before the election] for some reason they had adjourned without voting... The votes were there but the Ayatollah or somebody commanded them to adjourn."

Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin: "After the victory of R. Reagan in the election... Iran released the American hostages, and the U.S. continued to supply arms, spares, and military supplies for the Iranian army."

Eleanor Clift, Newsweek, 5/12/91: "Congress will not formally investigate charges that the Reagan campaign stole the election in 1980, in large part because Israel's supporters on Capitol Hill do not want to put the spotlight on Israel's role, which during that period sold weapons to Iran in blatant disregard of President Carter."