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    Book Discussion on Iran-Contra

    Malcolm Byrne talked about his book, Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power, in which he looks at the Iran-Contra scandal. Mr. Byrne used declassified documents and interviews with key participants in his research, and argued that the scandal was likely bigger than previously believed. He spoke with Bruce Riedel, who wrote the foreword to the book.

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    Secretary Hagel on U.S. Strategy Against Terrorists, Part 1

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. strategy for combating *ISIL. He was accompanied by Lieutenant General William Mayville. Toics included President Obama’s strategy to train and arm the Syrian opposition, building coalition partners, and working with the Iraqi forces. Secretary Hagel clarified that American forces would not have a combat mission on the ground. Some members spoke in opposition to training and arming the Syrian rebels. In addition, Chairman McKeon was critical of a strategy that he said was setting up the military for failure.

    Testimony continued after a recess for voting in program 321499-2.

    *The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.