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May 20, 1998 | STANLEY MEISLER and JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the White House resists demands from Congress to take an active role in bringing down Indonesia's President Suharto and selecting a successor, Asia specialists say history bolsters that position. Forty years ago, the CIA took sides in the Indonesian civil war and succeeded only in strengthening then-President Sukarno, the leftist leader whom the United States wanted deposed. It was another eight years before Sukarno finally fell in a 1966 coup that saw Suharto emerge as his successor.
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May 20, 1998 | STANLEY MEISLER and JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the White House resists demands from Congress to take an active role in bringing down Indonesia's President Suharto and selecting a successor, Asia specialists say history bolsters that position. Forty years ago, the CIA took sides in the Indonesian civil war and succeeded only in strengthening then-President Sukarno, the leftist leader whom the United States wanted deposed. It was another eight years before Sukarno finally fell in a 1966 coup that saw Suharto emerge as his successor.
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