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July 26, 1988
Jack Beatty's article about Elliott Abrams ("The Education of Elliott Abrams," Editorial Page, July 16) could also have been titled "the failure of narrow-minded policies." In this case, Abrams' perception of the problem in Nicaragua was that communism was the culprit, and that any means to stop this threat was justified. Yet most students of Central America know that the real problems of the area have little to do with communism and much more to do with these basic issues: inadequate housing, poor levels of education, too little medical care, overly concentrated land ownership, and overpopulation.
August 14, 1986
The U.S. veto of the U.N. Security Council resolution supporting the World Court decision in "Nicaragua vs. U.S." was expected, but the bald fact evokes a sense of impending tragedy. It should be clear by now that the Reagan Administration's attitude toward the Sandinistas has reached the stage of a sickness, for what else can we call a single-minded commitment to violence against a nation of only 3 million poor people, in the face of reasonable, peaceful, and non-threatening alternatives?
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 11, 1988 | ROBERT E. HUNTER, Robert E. Hunter is the director of European studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington
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.
November 25, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
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,
May 20, 1987 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writers
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.
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