U.S. At War: Good Neighbor Trouble

U.S. diplomats in South America kept the cables hot. But at least one was caught off guard. When Chile seemed on the point of welcoming Argentina's new anti-U.S. government, the State Department frantically tried to get in touch with its Chilean Embassy. But sad-eyed Ambassador Claude G. Bowers, 65, who has not bothered to perfect his Spanish during eleven years as a diplomat in Spain and South America, could not be reached.* He was off in the country, relaxing on a long, leisurely weekend.

South of Panama last week, Yanqui prestige fell steadily. In spite...

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