Central America–Pain and Struggle

Central America–Pain and Struggle

The astonishing thing about the Reagan administration’s policy toward Nicaragua is its resiliency. Twice in the space of a year, it appeared that the administration’s sponsorship of a proxy war was on the brink of failure: in November 1986, when control of the U.S. Senate was won by the Democrats and when the Iran-contra scandal began to unravel and a pattern of lying, corruption and other sleaziness was revealed; and again in August 1987 when the five Central American Presidents astonished Washington by agreeing to a peace plan that approximated a regional declaration of independence. Both times, however, the administration maintained its course, mostly by displaying the will to prevail. It has all been a remarkable lesson in the effectiveness of political intransigence.

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