Who is Richard P.

July 2, 2002 8:55 a.m.

Who is Richard P. Lawless?

A) Former CIA operations officer (circa 1974-85) with expertise in nuclear issues and Asia. After leaving the CIA, was widely accused of trying to buy the freedom of an American hostage in Beirut, Lebanon on behalf of then-vice-president George Bush, shortly before the 1988 presidential election. (see Robin Wright, LA Times, October 19, 1988, et.al.)

B) International businessman, consultant, and real estate developer. After leaving CIA became a major GOP contributor, particularly to the Bush family. Helped Jeb Bush make a substantial part of his personal fortune by cutting him in for sweetheart consulting fees on foreign purchases of South Florida real estate on which he did little work.

C) Chairman and Founder, US-Asia Commercial Development Corporation. Pro-China-engagement, Bush family associate, soon to be appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia, i.e., head of Asia policy at the Pentagon.

D) All of the Above.

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