After reading Roettinger's "exculpation" on his Central American adventures, I find myself unable to understand his point of view.
For the record, I am 34 years old and was only 3 when Roettinger perpetrated his acts on behalf of the U.S. government. My wife, four children and I are the beneficiaries of American foreign policy--including Roettinger's "skulduggery." We live in a marvelous country with friendly neighbors and secure borders.
Roettinger admits that the Nicaraguan Sandinistas have played host to some pretty unsavory characters. Let's see, besides the Soviets and Cubans, the list includes the Palestine Liberation Organization, Red Brigade, Libya, Iran and North Korea. He acknowledges the Sandinistas have received military aid from the Eastern Bloc.
Why does Roettinger suppose the communists have been so free with military hardware? Does he suspect that Nicaragua needs a new MIG-quality airstrip and a deep-water submarine port to protect itself from its imperialistic neighbors of Costa Rica and Honduras? Might he consider the possibility that the Soviets desire another surrogate client state in the Western Hemisphere from which to export their Marxist-Leninist revolution?