MANAGUA, Nicaragua — President Daniel Ortega said Saturday that the possibility of a U.S. military intervention in Nicaragua is greater than ever since congressional approval of increased American aid for anti-Sandinista rebels.
"There have been difficult moments in the past five years of sustained aggression by the United States, moments when an intervention by North American troops appeared imminent," Ortega said in a ceremony in which he conferred the rank of army general on his brother, Defense Minister Humberto Ortega.
"But there was still resistance in the U.S. Congress to this policy. Now the President (Reagan) has managed to break that resistance," Ortega said. "The eventuality of an intervention by North American troops is closer than ever."
Ortega's statement followed comments by Reagan last week that the U.S.-backed rebels would have "to have their way and take over" in Nicaragua if the Sandinista declined to negotiate with them.