February 15, 1990 |
President Daniel Ortega's chief rival in the Feb. 25 election has lost ground in all five voter opinion polls published in recent weeks, and three of the surveys give the Sandinista leader a huge advantage. Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, the challenger, is ahead by smaller margins in the other two polls, conducted for her United Nicaraguan Opposition (UNO). But those results are questioned by independent analysts because their polling methods have not been fully disclosed.
February 14, 1990 |
In the first critical assessment of the Panama invasion since 22,500 U.S. soldiers stormed the streets of Panama City in December, Army officials said Tuesday they have concluded they must increase the training of troops in police functions and urban warfare.
February 9, 1990 |
Two women helicopter pilots shuttling soldiers into combat during the early hours of the U.S. invasion of Panama came under gunfire so fierce that one of the choppers had to be grounded, Army officials said Thursday. In recognition of their performance under fire, the two have been recommended for the Air Medal with a "V" for valor. They would become the first women to receive the decoration with the valor designation.
February 8, 1990 |
Congress gave formal approval Wednesday to the first installment of the Bush Administration's new $1 billion aid-to-Panama package, paving the way for signing by the President by the end of the week. Identical versions of the measure cleared both the House and Senate by voice vote, reflecting a desire by members of both parties to speed the aid package to invasion-racked Panama, which has been suffering since 1988 under U.S. economic sanctions.
February 2, 1990 |
President Bush's pledge to withdraw the remaining U.S. invasion force from Panama by the end of this month will leave the country without adequate military or police protection, American and Panamanian officials say. "It's a very bad idea," said Louis Martinz, a spokesman for President Guillermo Endara. "It's not just a question of not having enough police, but of who they are. The same people who beat us are now supposed to protect us."
January 30, 1990 |
Vice President Dan Quayle's three-day peacemaking mission to Latin America ended on a sour note when Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley told him the U.S. invasion of Panama was a violation of international law. "We exchanged views on Panama," Manley said, "and we are friends, but friends do not always agree." Quayle visited Honduras and Panama in addition to Jamaica.
January 29, 1990 |
Vice President Dan Quayle toured Panama on Sunday in a series of photo opportunities designed, aides said, to demonstrate to the world that the country has returned to normal. Clearly cheered by a series of warm receptions at an open air market, a church and a restaurant overlooking the Pacific, Quayle praised Panamanian support for the U.S. invasion last month that overthrew dictator Manuel A. Noriega.
January 28, 1990 |
The United States plans to complete its withdrawal of troops from Panama "in a time period of weeks rather than months," Vice President Dan Quayle assured Latin American leaders Saturday as he began a three-day fence-mending trip to Central America. Speaking to reporters after his first meeting of the day--a breakfast session with President Alfredo Cristiani of El Salvador--Quayle said he is telling the Latin leaders gathered here for the inauguration of new Honduran President Rafael L.
January 27, 1990 |
Pentagon officials assessing last month's Panama invasion believe that an 11th-hour change of orders could have contributed to the high casualty toll suffered by a group of Navy SEALs in an attack on Punta Paitilla airport, The Times has learned. Only hours before the Panama invasion's "H-hour" on Dec. 20, three commando platoons--about 48 men--were moving secretly toward the airport to destroy Panamanian leader Manuel A.
January 24, 1990 |
The Pentagon restored normal duty tours for U.S. troops stationed in Panama. It also encouraged military families to begin returning there as stability is restored after last month's invasion. Beginning June 1, the standard tour of duty will be 36 months for personnel with families and 24 months for single personnel. The tours were shortened during unrest last November, when many dependents returned to the United States.