Retreating on Rebel Aid

Congress forces the President to compromise on his contra request

In his dealings with Congress over the past four years, Ronald Reagan has been a kind of Music Man. With careful timing and precision planning, the President has usually been able to march into River City and razzle-dazzle a majority of legislators into joining his parade. Only last month he won funding for 21 new MX missiles from a highly skeptical Congress, largely by convincing lawmakers that their assent was crucial to the U.S. bargaining stance at newly opened arms talks with the Soviet Union. Last week all 76 of the Administration's trombones were blaring in Congress's direction yet again, but...

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