December 23, 2003
In "Free Trade Looks South" (editorial, Dec. 18) you applaud the completion of the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement. But CAFTA is neither free trade nor fair trade and is a recipe for disaster in Central America. When the U.S. forces another country to lift barriers to trade while maintaining high levels of subsidies for agribusiness at home, it is not free trade. And when more than a million small farmers are pushed off the land (as occurred in Mexico following the North American Free Trade Agreement)
November 25, 2006 |
Robert M. Gates, President Bush's nominee to lead the Pentagon, advocated a bombing campaign against Nicaragua in 1984 in order to "bring down" the leftist government, according to a declassified memo released by a nonprofit research group. The memo from Gates to his then-boss, CIA Director William J. Casey, was among a selection of declassified documents from the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal posted Friday on the website of the National Security Archive, www.gwu.edu/nsarchiv/.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1988 |
Within hours of his election, George Bush took steps that acknowledged the key demands that an unrelenting world will impose on him. By directing conciliatory remarks toward Congress and naming James A. Baker III to be the secretary of state, Bush tacitly recognized that, in 1989, economic issues will be critical to U.S. foreign policy. Most newly elected Presidents talk of building bridges to Congress. For Bush it is crucial.
May 20, 1987 |
The commander of U.S. military forces in Latin America said U.S. support for the contras is the "cheapest and most effective way" to keep Nicaragua's Sandinista government from subverting its neighbors. In an interview, Gen. John R. Galvin said U.S. assistance and training have transformed the Nicaraguan insurgents from "an absolutely ragged" band of rebels into a disciplined guerrilla force capable of winning the five-year-old war.