My take on the Iran/Contra scandal was that some bad was done to help some good. The spread of Communism in the western hemisphere was a direct threat to national security. Imagine if from Panama to Mexico became destabalized and turned to communist movements. I'm sure there are similar deals with Pakistan that have been going on for years that we don't know about.
The "war on drugs" has always been a complete waste of tax payer money and time, and gun runner is another example of how messed up it is. Here you have the ATF and DEA helping in this fight, yet they are the ones giving guns to the bad guys. From what I know about this deal is basically we are giving weapons to the people we are fighting. Those border towns are really messed up and it has spread onto our side. Id like to know how high up the druglords have infiltrated on our side as well. Part of me feels like this whole thing is a way to not deal with the immigration problem and getting latino votes. I also find it interesting to see how quiet the media is about this scandal. I have friends who worship Obama and have never heard of this scandal.
I think a lot more will come out sometime next yr when the election heats up.